update deskU.S.-Israel Business, Trade & Technology

Google staffers demand end to sponsorship of Israeli tech conference

The Mind the Tech conference seeks to foster a "united global tech community standing alongside Israel in ethical leadership."

The Google logo on one of the buildings of Googleplex, the company's main campus in Mountain View, Calif. Credit: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock.
The Google logo on one of the buildings of Googleplex, the company's main campus in Mountain View, Calif. Credit: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock.

More than 600 Google employees have signed a letter demanding that the tech giant cancel its sponsorship of an Israeli summit taking place in New York City this week, Wired magazine reported on Monday.

The two-day Mind the Tech conference, which is hosted by Israel’s Calcalist newspaper and Bank Leumi, seeks to foster a “united global tech community standing alongside Israel in ethical leadership.”

The event began on Monday with a series of lectures and will conclude on Tuesday evening with a gala where leading voices in the Israeli high-tech community will join their American counterparts.

In a letter distributed via internal Google mailing lists ahead of the gathering, 600 staffers called on the company to “withdraw from Mind the Tech, issue an apology, and stand with Googlers and customers who are despairing over the overwhelming loss of life in Gaza.”

“We need Google to do better,” added the letter, which was co-authored by several activists linked to “No Tech for Apartheid” and seen by Wired.

On Monday, remarks by Google Israel managing director Barak Regev were disrupted by a U.S.-based employee of the company yelling that his work should not be used in service of “genocide.” Other anti-Israel activists joined in the shouting match, according to video footage.

Speakers at the Monday event also included New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and former National Security Agency head Michael Rogers.

The Hamas terrorist group launched its war against the Jewish state on Oct. 7 with a large-scale invasion of southern Israel, murdering 1,200, wounding thousands and kidnapping 253 people, with 134 hostages remaining in Gaza (32 have been confirmed dead).

Israeli forces began their ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 27, in an effort to topple the terror group that has ruled the Strip since 2007.

In 2021, the anti-Israel “No Tech for Apartheid” campaign initiated a letter demanding that Google cancel Project Nimbus, a billion-dollar contract to provide public cloud computing services to Israel.

According to the letter, 90 Google employees had signed the missive, but wished to remain anonymous “because we fear retaliation.” Google’s parent company, Alphabet, employs over 180,000 people as of 2023.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates