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The western world has discriminated against Muslims for a long time, not giving them their rights and oppressing them. The biggest victim of this oppression for the longest time has been Palestine, whose people are deprived of the most basics of rights by the discriminators. People in Palestine are also killed every day and no one bats an eye. Over the course of the past century, Israel has rapidly been taking over and erasing the Palestinian culture, land, and presence in the world. The lack of response to this constant oppression made it seem like Palestine didn’t even exist.
Google and Apple Maps have turned that thought in to an unfortunate and outrageous reality. The maps have officially taken Palestine off the world map, further pushing the agenda of erasing Palestine from the world. The maps don’t show Palestine’s label on the country’s location, even if you search. This is despite the fact that its is recognized as the “State Of Palestine” by the United Nations and other authorities.
Social Media In UPROAR
To no surprise to anyone, this decision has caused an uproar on social media, especially in the Muslim community. With the words Palestine and Israel continuously trending on twitter along with the hashtag #WeRejectWorldMap, Apple and Google is being called on by people to do the very least of preserving the existence of the Palestinians’ land by recognizing their existence on the world maps and bringing Palestine back to the map.
People have rejected such a map where the existence of Palestine is not acknowledged. This specific post also showcased how over the last century, the state of Palestine has slowly gotten erased from not only the maps but also the world.
— Alia Misbah (@AliaMisbah) July 17, 2020
Users also called on the Muslim nation to speak up against this oppression or this injustice will continue to happen. They also made the point that today it is Palestine, tomorrow it could be us.
Google maps and Apple maps have officially removed Palestine🇵🇸 from worldwide maps.
Palestine is no longer a place according to google —Ethnic cleansing, murder, land theft & corporate conspiracy, all is being done in the name of israel.#WeRejectWorldMap#Palestine pic.twitter.com/Eg98d3E93p
— Salman Alam (@msalam_80) July 17, 2020
No doubt, it is indeed a criminal act.
— Muhammad Naeem Shehzad #WeRejectWorldMap (@MNaeemShehzad) July 16, 2020
The Actual Gravity Of The Situation Is Far Worse
An alarming observation was made by a user that the true extent of the problem is being downplayed by people. The truth is, Palestine wasn’t removed from the map today. It has NEVER been on there.
In 2016, when the same tweets went viral- suggesting that Palestine was removed from Google maps that day
A Google spokeswoman said: “There has never been a ‘Palestine’ label on Google Maps
Take that in..Never.
— S Khadija R (@skhadijar) July 16, 2020
Upon digging further, it seems that this claim is indeed true. A petition that dates back to 2016 proves this which was made to convince Google to put Palestine on the map. “The omission of Palestine is a grievous insult to the Palestinian people 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 maker said then. It is truly sad that the situation has not changed one bit since then, despite the fact that the petition stands at around 800,000 signatures. You can help the cause by signing it here.
The least we can do as individuals is to use our platform to raise awareness on this issue. Play your part!