Alibaba, Baidu Drop ‘Israel’ from Digital Maps

Alibaba and Baidu removed the name Israel from their maps. (Image: File)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Online digital maps from Chinese companies Baidu and Alibaba no longer refer to Israel by name. 

It all started with social media rumors that the Chinese multinational technology company Alibaba had dropped the word Israel from its online digital maps. 

Eventually, the rumors were confirmed, although no explanations, as of yet, have been offered. 

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that online digital maps from Baidu and Alibaba no longer refer to Israel by name. 

“Baidu’s Chinese language online maps demarcate the internationally recognized borders of Israel, as well as the Palestinian territories, plus key cities, but don’t clearly identify the country by name,” WSJ said.

The newspaper noted that even small nations like Luxembourg have their names fully spelled out on these digital maps. 

Not Israel, however, or rather not anymore. WSJ said that it had contacted the companies to clarify the reason why a direct reference to Israel has been removed, claiming to have received no answer.

International solidarity with the Palestinian people has exceeded the traditional solidarity in Arab and Muslim countries, as millions of people around the world took to the streets demanding an end to Israel’s atrocities in Gaza.

Notably, thousands of people have also been protesting throughout East Asia, calling for an immediate ceasefire and for allowing humanitarian assistance to 2.3 million Palestinians experiencing what many are describing as a genocide in Gaza.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 8,300 Palestinians in Gaza, including 3,457 children, and wounded more than 21,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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