Almost a million people have signed a petition to Google to include Palestine on their maps.
“Palestine does not appear on Google Maps. Why? Israel, which was created on Palestinian land, is clearly delineated, but Palestine is not mentioned. According to Google, Palestine does not exist,” the petition says.
He also denounces that the “omission” of Palestine is an “insult” to its people and affects millions of people who seek independent Palestine and are “free from Israeli occupation and oppression”.
For all of these reasons, they view Google as “complicit” in the “ethnic cleansing of the Israeli government” and call on Google to “recognize Palestine on Google Maps and to clearly delimit and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Isarel”.
Israel has occupied the Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – militarily since 1967, an occupation that has not been recognized by the vast majority of the international community and could be a war crime because of the subsequent colonization.