Standing Tall With Tech In Israel And Ukraine

  • by , Featured Contributor, November 9, 2023
Palentir CEO Alex Carp’s Q3 Letter to Shareholders last week closed with the simple but important statement: “Palentir stands with Israel.”

Statements like this matter.

Those avoiding taking positions on events like Hamas’ horrific massacre and kidnapping of civilians in Israel on Oct. 7, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing atrocities it is inflicting on civilians, will not end up on the right side of history and humanity -- just like so many who acted similarly in the 1930s.

It is one thing for companies and their leaders to stay out of politics, avoid taking positions on a country's leaders, and have a policy of not getting involved in elections. However, it’s not all right to timidly hide behind a false cloak of neutrality.

Too many companies today see themselves as “extra-national” and above issues of humanity, worrying only about not taking positions that might offend anyone, rather than standing up and doing the right thing.



The technology industry in Israel and Ukraine needs our help. Technologists in these countries are among the best in the world. They are pushing the boundaries of the newest areas of development in computing, from AI to quantum computers.

But so many of the amazing technology companies in Israel and Ukraine have seen 10% or more of their employees called up to serve in the armed forces, many on the front lines. Many will be wounded. Many will die.

This is the price of freedom and democracy that they are fighting for all of us. Their nations and governments are democratic. Their people are free. The aggressors in their conflicts support neither democratic governments nor free populations.

We need to all stand with Israel and Ukraine, and we need to stand with their technology companies. Here’s how:

Keep tech business flowing. In spite of the wars, tech companies in Ukraine and Israel are open for business. They are not slowing down. They are doing more with less under enormous pressure. Let’s do everything we can to keep our business flowing to those companies. Their families, economies and nations need it. Everyone in these countries is trying to maintain a sense of “normalcy” in their everyday lives, since the ability to live and raise families in peace and freedom is what they are fighting for.

Show up. I have visited Ukraine twice in the past five months to meet with entrepreneurs, technology companies, investors, students and government officials. Not only did I learn a lot, but I was blown away by the impact that it had on people I met for an American to visit them in a war zone. This is the time for business leaders to visit partner companies in these countries, to put on conferences to learn about special wartime needs, to show up and let them know you care.

Have patience. These wars aren’t going to end quickly. We need our support to be strong, constant and patient. This is going to take time, much more than a few news cycles. We are already seeing the effects of news cycle fatigue on support for Ukraine. We need to be aware of it and work to reverse it.

Call out the growing anti-semitism around us. I am not Jewish, but I can clearly see the rise in anti-semitism all around us recently. This is not all right. We know where this leads. We all must call it out and help stop it, both at the individual and company leadership level. We must do this now.

Don’t be neutral. Reread the first four paragraphs.

5 comments about "Standing Tall With Tech In Israel And Ukraine".
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  1. Seth Haberman from Sense Education, November 9, 2023 at 4:57 p.m.


  2. Jack Wakshlag from Media Strategy, Research & Analytics, November 9, 2023 at 5:37 p.m.

    Freedom isn't free. Silence is not an option.  If your are silent now, you would have been silent in the 30s when Nazis rose to power.  Hamas doesn't stop their rockets when there is a ceasefire.  I wish it were otherwise. I stand with Israel.  

  3. Dave Morgan from Simulmedia replied, November 13, 2023 at 8:30 a.m.

    So true Jack. As Elie Wiesel told us:

    “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.”

  4. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, November 13, 2023 at 8:54 a.m.

    Of course, I agree---Dave and Jack. But at the same time I find it disturbing that we recently abandoned the people of Afghanistan to the fanatical Islamist Taliban when all it would have taken to prop up the admittedly corrupt government was keeping  few thousand troops and air support there. Who is concerned about these folks---especially the poor women who are again reduced to slavery?

  5. Jack Wakshlag from Media Strategy, Research & Analytics replied, November 13, 2023 at 1:06 p.m.

    I share and support your views here Ed.  We need to defend against forces that threaten to kill us. 

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