‘Bomb Gaza’ app pulled by Google after public outcry05/08/2014 06:36
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has seeped into our app stores, as Google recently removed two different Android games from its online marketplace for putting players in charge of bombing Gaza.
Both of the titles have been blasted on social media for turning the violent Middle Eastern conflict – one in which more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed – into a game.
The first game in question is simply called “Bomb Gaza,” and was uploaded to the Google Play store on July 29, according to The Independent. In less than a week, the app was downloaded over 1,000 times before being removed on Monday. Though it’s no longer available, screenshots show that the game’s instructed players to drop bombs on Gaza in order to hit militants, but to try and avoid striking civilians and children at the same time. When civilians were killed and the game’s “rage meter” went too high, the game ended.
As reported by Fox News, when people started getting wind of the game’s existence, its Google Play page was covered in critical comments and calls for the its removal began getting louder.
“Please take this off the [P]lay store,” one user wrote, as quoted by Fox. “It is offensive and I am really let down that Google actually allowed this. If this game isn't removed, I'm starting a Google boycott.”
“This is disgusting,” another commenter stated. “ … Cannot believe Android let this game in the market, absolutely disgusted!”