Google made the decision to replace Palestine with “Israel” on its popular map application, sparking outrage from several people around the world.
The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum condemned the move by Google on July 25th, accusing them 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 PJF added.
Frustrated over tech giant’s move, a group of activists started a petition on Change.com to convince Google to reconsider their decision; it had over 147k signatures.
“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 new petition.