Google Sparks Outrage by Abolishing Palestine on Maps

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Google’s decision to wipe Palestine from its map app and portray the occupied territories as Israel sparks online protest campaign.

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.

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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.

Via TeleSur

7 Responses

  1. I could write a very long article on the many ways Google continually demonstrates that they do not understand what is supposedly their core competence, advanced digital technology.

    Google Analytics can’t return useful data, GMail has the most unfortunately designed user interface, Google Maps are worthless because any touch of a mouse anywhere near them sends them careening from way-too-close scale to way-too-far-away scale and in and out of focus on the desired location, with no apparent way to find a middle ground, and pointing these complaints out to them has no apparent effect.

    This consumer is not at all impressed with the so-called “intelligence” of the Google (now Alphabet) corporation.

  2. It’s not surprising that Google would accommodate Israel, given the ties between the two entities. I suppose it is part of Israel’s “war on terrorism” in the form of “incitement” on Facebook, Twitter, and–of course–Google.

  3. My conviction is that Israel is illegal and moreover the cause for so much grief.
    In regards to google, this may be an opportune time to recall how they upload private information from searches and e-mail to NSA and other agencies and a better option is to use startpage or Duckduckgo.

  4. . . . The deletion would not have been the direct action of middle level executives or producers, as is the case of slanted coverage in day-to-day media productions, but more likely a matter of sincere “concerns” voiced over cocktails with wealthy benefactors and other would-be patrons at some social function or the other.

    Senior executives on the make in organizations like Google, The WSJ or McGraw-Hill, have gotten to their positions due to their sensitivity to the concerns of those who can do their careers good. When the most subtle of such concerns are raised about this or that map or coverage there is no real discussion; they are merely observations that these executive supplicants know precisely how to respond to. After all, its no skin off their nose to throw the interests of Truth or the Palestinians under the bus when the potential for their career with such a new-found friend is at stake. Returning to their offices, these guys make similarly subtle observations to their aspiring middle managers and voila, things happen.

    Money, as a vulgar reflection of the operative underlying power these people yield, talks. You can kiss that map, or any other element which so eloquently makes its case, good-bye.

  5. It’s a positive if it stirs the outrage it should, seeing the Israel-creep may be worth a thousand words. Shocking. I thought the response would be opposite, Israel complaining it made them look bad. It does.

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