Apple Muslim Workers Call on Company to Support Palestine
Thousands of pro-Palestinian employees of tech giant Apple publicly demand from the company solidarity with Palestine and condemn Israel for "illegal occupation," the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Members of the Apple Muslim Association on Monday expressed their "sadness, anger, frustration, and disappointment" about "the struggle and pain of the Palestinian people, and their decades-long existence under military occupation." The letter calls on Apple to support the Palestinian cause, noting that the company "has led the way not only on products, but on human rights issues," a letter to CEO Tim Cook reads.
Apple's transnational and multi-racial policy obliges the company to keep up with trends. Taking one side or the other in any event, Tim Cook, on behalf of the entire company, will be obliged to choose who to support in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In both cases, the company will incur financial and reputational losses.
The signatories demand Apple not use the words "conflict" or "clash" to describe the fighting in Gaza, "as those words imply a power symmetry that simply does not exist." The letter similarly demands Apple refrain from commenting on "both sides" of the conflict in Gaza, "as doing so would feel to us as the equivalent of ‘all lives matter’—a minimization of the disproportionately larger pain and suffering of the Palestinian people."
A roughly similar situation is happening with one of the American technology providers for the Israeli army, Google. On Wednesday, a group of "Jewish and allied" Google employees called on the company to formally terminate its contracts with the Israel Defense Forces.
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