According to Sinar Harian, a dispute over the country, Palestine, erupted last week when Twitter users noticed that the country was missing from Google and Apple maps.
The change comes at the heels of Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu pledging to establish West Bank annexations. However, they have already triggered global criticism with many countries calling it a human rights violation as the years-long Israel-Palestine conflict has only spiralled.
This silent move by the two tech giants has left people outraged. One user wrote on Twitter,
“Google and Apple maps have officially removed Palestine from the World Maps. Today Palestine was erased from the maps tomorrow Palestine will be erased from the world. PUT PALESTINE BACK ON THE MAP. #IStandWithPalestine #FreePalestine”
For now, over a million people have signed a Change.org petition urging Google and Apple to put back Palestine on their maps.
The petition wrote, “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… Whether intentionally or otherwise, Google is making itself complicit in the Israeli government’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
Palestine, where part of the holy city of Jerusalem is located, has been rife with its border disputes. It has had annexation, military occupations, intifadas, and along with it, the displacement and death of Palestinian refugees.
To check out the petition, click here.
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