Users are calling on Google Play to remove a game that allows players to carry out pretend Israeli air strikes on Palestine.
The game, available for Android mobile, is called “Bomb Gaza” and explains that the purpose is for players to “drop bombs and avoid killing citizens.” The game’s blurb uses a series of screenshots to demonstrate how players can win points by controlling Israeli-marked aircraft as they drop bombs on Hamas militants while avoiding civilians.
The app was uploaded to Google Play on 29 July and since then, it has been installed 1,000 times. As of yesterday the game was no longer available on Google Play, but it is not known whether it has been permanently deleted.
Most of the reviews on Google are derogatory; one commenter, Iqra Iqbal, described it as an “abomination,” saying: “This is a violation of human rights. My beloved brothers and sisters are dying in Gaza and some stupid ignoramus decides to make a game like this.”
As well as reviews calling Bomb Gaza a “messed-up game,” “disgusting” and “inappropriate,” people are also taking to Twitter to voice their protests.
Although Bomb Gaza is not the only game based around bombing Gaza (“Gaza Assault: Code Red” encourages players to “secure the region” by seizing control of “an Israeli UAV equipped with powerful weapons in an attempt to secure the region,”) a Google spokesman said that Google does not comment on specific apps, but it does “remove[s] apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”