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Monday, March 4, 2024

Google Launches ‘Jewish Allyship’ Bathroom Campaign

'This historical moment when your Jewish colleagues (a.k.a. ‘Jewglers’) are feeling especially vulnerable is an important time to practice allyship...'

(Dmytro “Henry” AleksandrovHeadline USA) Google launched a campaign to promote sensitivity to Jews in the workplace by posting educational fliers in its office bathroom stalls last week, which somehow remained anti-Semitic.

After receiving criticism over the employees’ anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments, among which was the head of the diversity strategy accusing Jews of having an “insatiable appetite for war,” Google put the bathroom fliers that instructed its employees that “every Jew is different,” also adding that employees should “avoid assuming a Jewish colleague represents the Israeli government,” implying that Israel is in the wrong.

The bathroom fliers are part of the company’s long-running “Learning on the Loo” series, which often features career tips and advice, a Google spokesman informed the Washington Free Beacon, adding that the “Jewish allyship” campaign had been in the works for weeks, even before Hamas attacked Israel.

“Antisemitism (discrimination, hostility, and prejudice against Jewish people) has been on the rise in the world. This historical moment when your Jewish colleagues (a.k.a. ‘Jewglers’) are feeling especially vulnerable is an important time to practice allyship,” the fliers stated.

Google employees were also told by the campaign that Jewish people vary in appearance and belief, that they have differing views on Israel and that they often find Holocaust comparisons offensive. In addition to that, even though the campaign acknowledged that Jewish culture, food and religious traditions exist, Google managed to say at the same time that there is nothing distinct about Jewish people.

“There is no ‘Jewish’ physical appearance, dress or standard of practice. Some Jewish people lean into their Jewish identity as a form of religious expression, while others identify with it culturally. While most Jewish people believe that Israel is their ancestral homeland, they may never have visited, nor even know about, or agree with specific actions of the state of Israel,” the fliers said.

The fliers also advised Google employees to “[a]void polarizing political discussions at work,” adding that “in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel,” they should “check in on and support” their colleagues.

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