Read the letter sent by Amazon employees to Jeff Bezos, urging him to stand in solidarity with Palestinians.
More than 500 Amazon employees have signed an internal letter to CEOs Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy, urging them to recognize the sufferings of Palestinians, only days after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed 248 Palestinians and Hamas rockets killed 13 Israelis, according to both sides’ medical services.
The employees who signed the letter want Amazon to stop doing business with companies that they claim violate human rights, such as the Israeli Defense Forces.
Employees also want the technology company to continue to support free expression and set up a fund to help Palestinians affected by the conflict.
Amazon has been approached by Washington Newsday for comment on the letter.
The internet behemoth has been chastised for its backing of Israeli institutions, particularly the government, with whom it signed a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract in April in collaboration with Google.
In February 2020, the Financial Times discovered that Amazon was providing free shipping to controversial Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, but only to their Palestinian neighbors provided they listed Israel as their nation of origin.
After the deadliest outbreak of fighting between the two sides in years, Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire on Thursday evening.
Both teams have declared themselves victorious. The latest round of violence began with a judicial struggle over attempts to evict six Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah district. It is being settled in Israeli courts, according to Israeli officials, as a private real estate issue between Jewish owners and Palestinian renters or squatters. The impending evictions are seen by Palestinian leaders and sympathizers throughout the world as a symbol of Israel’s larger goal of creating Jewish colonies on land that Palestinians want for a state.
Employees at Amazon have written the following letter:
Jeff, Andy, and the Executive Team, I’d want to express my heartfelt gratitude for everything you’ve done for
Amazon has stepped up and spearheaded public initiatives in the past to address the unfairness that many communities face. Amazon has taken the time to internalize and reflect on how it can improve the culture within the firm to create a more inclusive and happy environment for all employees, in addition to taking a public stand on unfairness.
These efforts are commendable.
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