‘No Tech for Apartheid’: Sham and Fail
Last week, the New York Times reported about Jewish Google employee Ariel Koren, who claimed she was relocated in retaliation for her anti-Israel stance (earning her the praise of Hamas among others):
A Google employee who became the most visible opponent of a company contract with the Israeli military said on Tuesday that she would resign after claiming Google had tried to retaliate against her for her activism.
The employee, Ariel Koren, a marketing manager for Google’s educational products arm who has worked for the company for seven years, wrote a memo to colleagues announcing her plan to leave Google at the end of the week.
She spent more than a year organizing against Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion agreement for Google and Amazon to supply Israel and its military with artificial intelligence tools and other computing services. Ms. Koren, 28, helped circulate petitions and lobby executives, and she talked to news organizations, all in an effort to get Google to reconsider the deal.
Then, in November, she said, came a surprising ultimatum from Google: Agree to move to São Paulo, Brazil, within 17 business days or lose your job.
What this report was missing was a crucial fact that was picked up by the Jerusalem Post:
According to a letter published by the labor board that aligned with the details of Koren’s case, the evidence presented “failed to establish the necessary causal link” and “the investigation did not reveal evidence of animus towards the employee.” Further, the dismissal letter found that the decision to relocate the position predated the employee’s actions.
In other words, her allegations are a sham. And this sham was an excuse for Google and Amazon to hold a protest rally on Thursday, outside their company’s offices, against their cloud computing partnerships with the Israeli government.
The sham did not end there; This was no grassroots protest, but rather part of a well-orchestrated astroturf campaign organized by Israel-hating and antisemitic orgs such as Linda Sarsour’s Israel-hating organization MPower change, JVP, IfNotNow, and AMP Palestine.
Meanwhile, some of the haters involved have provided one hell of an epic fail:
They really should not be using an iPhone (hat tip: Mike)