The answer to why Palestine isn’t on Google Maps is only Israel Tech – 1 hour ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Palestine removed from Google Maps and Apple Maps. This accusation was conveyed by the owner of the Palestine International Broadcast Facebook account.

The reason is, the name Palestine never appears when searched via Google Maps or Apple Maps. In fact, the two digital map services contain other countries in full, including Israel.

The issue of erasing Palestine on Google Maps and Apple Maps has become a heated debate among a number of people in the Arab region several years ago. This follows the Israeli government’s plan to control all Palestinian land.

“Palestine has been removed from Google Maps and Apple Maps without any official statement from either company. This action comes as Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu promises to annex the West Bank which has triggered a global crisis with many countries calling it a ‘human rights violation’,” wrote the account Palestine International Broadcast in a 2020 report.

This upload was then spread and went viral. Many netizens condemned the steps taken by Google Maps and Apple Maps.

A Google spokesperson has also spoken out about the accusations. To AFP, the technology giant said it had never made changes to the border or region.

According to him, Google has never used the Palestine label on its Google Maps service. Apart from that, it also provides references to the 2016 Engadget report and the Paris Le Monde newspaper report.

Both articles quoted Google as saying there had never been a Palestine label in the company’s services.

Cornell University senior lecturer, Christine Leuenberger, explained that Palestine would never be on the digital map service. Some services contain the terms West Bank and Gaza.

“On maps, the name ‘Palestine’ is usually associated with the history of Palestine before the creation of the state of Israel and is not used in mainstream Western media,” said Christine Leuenberger.

“Usually the Palestinian territories are indicated through the depiction of dotted demarcation lines which connote disputed territory and the territories (Gaza and West Bank) remain unnamed. Alternatively, the territories are represented with dotted lines and are also labeled ‘West Bank’ and ‘West Bank’. Gaza’.”

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