A message to search engines and social media platforms – Put Palestine on the map

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Over a million people have signed a petition since July calling on Google to recognise Palestine on its maps, and to clearly designate and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel.The petition was initially launched in 2016 on Change.org, but gained significant momentum in mid-July 2020 when activists were mobilised worldwide taking to social media to call on Google to add Palestine to the map. Campaigners expressed their gratitude for those pro-justice, pro-Palestine supporters after they surpassed the target of one million signatures.“This result is important, not just because it sends a clear message to Google and other online companies that discriminate against Palestine, but also because it shows how much support there is for the Palestinian cause, and for recognition of Palestine as an independent country,” Zak Martin, head of the “Put Palestine on your maps” campaign.The criticism of giant companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook, expressed by Palestinian frustrations, was the submission of those companies to pressure and blackmailing from Israel.Palestine is recognised as a non-member observer state at the United Nations (UN) and became state number 194 added to the UN list. A total number of 138 UN members recognise the State of Palestine …

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