Google representatives who were supposed to serve as witnesses in a trial against the company refused to arrive in Israel due to the security situation in the country. The judge agreed to question them in a conference call.

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Google representatives who were supposed to arrive in Israel as witnesses in a trial against the firm refuse to arrive in the country, “due to the security situation.” The judge made a rare exception and agreed to question them via a video call from Ireland.

The court hearings were scheduled for November 30th and December 1st in Hashalom Court in Tel Aviv. However, Google Israel’s attorneys requested to postpone them or hold them in a video conference.

Google wrote: “In light of the security situation in Israel and especially the wave of terror, the witnesses have expressed substantial concerns preventing them from arriving in Israel at this difficult time. They ask for a few months’ postponement of the trial, hoping the situation would improve by then.”

The attorneys that represent the company’s employees in Ireland, where Google’s European headquarters are situated, added that the witnesses were informed that various countries have issued “travel warnings with regards to Israel, which naturally added to their concerns.”

Attorneys Guy Ofir and Adam Vardi, who represent the complainant, rejected the request to postpone the trial and said that Google was prejudice. “More stabbing incidents occur in Ireland and the US than in Israel, it’s just that they do not get as much media coverage,” they noted. “The defendants’ request is based on prejudice, hysteria and an anti-Israeli stand.”

Judge Michael Tamir decided not to oblige the Google representatives to arrive in Israel and allowed for a conference call to take place instead. “I do not accept the complainant’s claim that the witnesses should be forced to come to Israel against their will and at a time when travel warnings are issued.”