Palestine is completely wiped from Google Maps as if it doesn’t exist, even when the word is typed, the app directs you to Jerusalem and Gaza.
The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum (PJF) has released a statement condemning Google for pulling such an egregious move.
The forum referred to the decision as “part of the Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come and abolish Palestine once and for all.”
“The move is also designed to falsify history, geography as well as the Palestinian people’s right to their homeland, and a failed attempt to tamper with the memory of Palestinians and Arabs as well as the world,” the statement reportedly reads.
As the world’s largest and most trusted search engine, Google should be totally neutral in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, but by removing Palestine from its Maps app, the company has inadvertently chosen a side.
PJF has demanded that Google restore Palestine to the map, declaring that its removal was “contrary to all international norms and conventions.”
Twitter users have joined PJF’s efforts in urging Google to put Palestine back on the map by condemning the internet giant under the hashtag, #BoycottGoogle.
I thought it was just rumours. But it's true; no more Palestine on the google map pic.twitter.com/AZIGAAhnuq— ?? (@_shrmla) August 6, 2016
“The omission of Palestine is a grievous insult to the people of Palestine and undermines the efforts of the millions of people who are involved in the campaign to secure Palestinian independence and freedom from Israeli occupation and oppression,” the petition reads.
“Whether intentionally or otherwise, Google is making itself complicit in the Israeli government's ethnic cleansing of Palestine,” it continues.
Google has yet to address the backlash it is receiving surrounding this issue, but journalists and activists alike are making sure their frustration is heard.
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