[News] Google Sparks Outrage by Abolishing Palestine on Maps
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Mon Aug 8 17:05:17 EDT 2016
Google Sparks Outrage by Abolishing Palestine on Maps
August 8, 2016
Journalists and activists have excoriated Google for wiping Palestine
completely off its map app, depicting the entire occupied Palestinian
territories as part of the state of Israel.
The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum initiated an online campaign to
pressure the internet giant to reconsider its stance. The organization
accused Google of being “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, and 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 continued.
In response, critics on Twitter have used the hashtag #BoycottGoogle to
condemn the company. A petition on Change.org urging Google to put
Palestine back on the map has garnered 147,402 signatures as of Monday,
just shy of its 150,000 goal.
“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,” reads the petition.
“Whether intentionally or otherwise, Google is making itself complicit
in the Israeli government's ethnic cleansing of Palestine,” it continues.
In 2013, hackers replaced the homepage on Google’s local domain in
Palestine with a message calling for the company to remove the name
Israel from its map app and replace it with Palestine, arguing that the
state of Israel is illegal.
Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, which forcibly
displaced more than 750,000 Palestinians, Israel has further shrunk
Palestinian territories by seizing vast swaths of land. Israel has
expanded illegal settlements on tens of thousands of hectares since
occupying the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.
The United Nations recognizes the state of Palestine with the status of
a non-member observer state.
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