A group of Muslim employees at Apple is pushing the tech giant to publicly condemn Israel’s “illegal occupation” of the Gaza Strip following a recent spate of violence caused by the terrorist group Hamas.
In a letter to CEO Tim Cook, 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.”
The employees, however, have yet to speak out about the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China, where Apple’s supply chain is largely located. Up to one million Uyghurs are imprisoned in “reeducation camps” in the western province of Xinjiang. A recent report found photo and documentary evidence that seven Apple suppliers use Uyghur forced labor to make iPhone parts.
More than 1,000 Apple employees have signed the letter, which boasts that Apple employees “reached out to support and will continue to support our Asian communities in the face of anti-Asian hate and attacks.” The letter also notes that Apple employees “will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Black and Brown communities in their fight for justice and equity.” (Read more from “Apple Employees Demand Company to Condemn Israel” HERE)
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