October 15, 2021 | Newsweek

Does Big Tech Have an Anti-Semitism Problem?

October 15, 2021 | Newsweek

Does Big Tech Have an Anti-Semitism Problem?

Employees at Google and Amazon launched a petition drive this week to persuade both companies to end their contracts with the world’s only Jewish state. Google and Amazon can send a powerful message in response by rejecting this anti-Semitic pressure campaign and incorporating the international working definition of anti-Semitism into its employee code of conduct instead.

This year’s explosion of anti-Semitism on corporate listservs and within diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) departments has sent a clear message to Jewish employees of America’s Big Tech firms: Safe spaces exist for everyone except Jews, and hate is condemned against all groups unless the hate is directed at Jewish supporters of the world’s only Jewish state. Hostility toward Jews and Israel isn’t restricted to activists chatting at the water cooler; it is institutionalized by key DEI officials.

In June, Google reassigned a high-ranking member of its diversity team following revelations he published a 2007 blog post entitled “If I Were a Jew,” in which he accused Jews of having an “insatiable appetite for vengeful violence.” A month later, Google stood by another DEI official who accused Israel of “settler-colonial apartheid” and referred a Jewish employee to books on the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign when a complaint was registered.

In May, more than 500 Amazon employees signed a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos calling on him to “sever business contracts and corporate donations with companies, organizations and/or governments that are active or complicit in human rights violations, such as the Israel Defense Forces.” That same month, 250 Google employees sent a letter to executive leadership requesting “the termination of contracts with institutions that support Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, such as the Israel Defense Forces.” This week’s “anonymous” petition drive is just the latest recycling of the same baseless hate.

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