In an internal letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company’s Muslim Association has asked him to give out a public statement condemning the attacks on Palestinians. The letter is written in wake of the recent Israeli-Palestinian aggression that erupted in mid-May, as a result, Israeli airforces bombed Gaza leaving 227 dead, including 63 children, and many injured and now homeless.
The Cupertino tech giant takes pride in being an inclusive organization and condemns social injustice. Tim Cook has previously spoken against former President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and supported the Black Lives Matter movement. The company has also introduced Racial Equity and Justice initiative projects to fight systemic injustice in the United States by providing opportunities to Black and Brown communities.
Apple employees call for the company to say that Palestinians live matter
The Verge reports that nearly 1,000 members of the Apple Muslim Association have signed the letter asking Mr.Cook to give out a statement in support of the Palestinian people. Expressing their disappointment over Apple’s silence and frustration with making people understand the grief of Palestinians, employees request CEO Tim Cook to give a statement to show solidarity with the Palestinian, condemn their illegal occupation and terrorism.
We are Muslims at Apple have enjoyed even more privilege — to work for a great company that has led the way not only on products, but on human rights issues. We in the AMA have expressed our solidarity and will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Black and Brown communities in their fight for justice and equity. We reached out to support and will continue to support our Asian communities in the face of anti-Asian hate and attacks. And we supported teammates from multiple nations as they dealt with the anxiety of the travel ban.
In all of these situations, the right thing to do was clear to us. For millions of Muslims, those communities simply ARE are own communities. And as we stand for them with full hearts, we also feel that staying silent on the plight of the Palestinian people of all faiths, and many of whom are our fellow Apple employees — is no longer something we can do. It is just not right.
Which is why we believe Apple’s public commitment to respecting internationally recognized human rights must also extend explicitly and clearly to the Palestinian people.
The report mentions that the internal letter was sent on Monday and the association is still awaiting a response. Furthermore, it is also detailed that employees at Google have already taken a stand to support Palestinians and have asked the company to review its business contracts to disenfranchise Israeli violence.
The news comes two days after a group of Jewish employees at Google put out a statement calling for the company to protect anti-Zionist speech. Google workers also asked that the company review its business contracts to ensure they do not enable Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.
However, the Apple Zionist lobby has done the opposite by refusing to accept the violation of Palestinians’ human rights and their safety.
Discussions about the violence internally were dominated by pro-Zionist voices, sources said, with Muslim employees and allies trying unsuccessfully to turn the talks toward the plight of Palestinians and Muslim Apple workers.
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