"Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still
available as an app on Facebook, simulates the on-going conflict
between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the
Palestinian territory. Players drop bombs from a fighter jet
while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters in black and green
"We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies," a
spokesman for Google said, confirming that the game had been
removed from the Google Play app store. Google did not specify
which policy the game had violated.
Google Play has rules that prohibit content that amounts to hate
speech, bullying and violence and lets users flag abusive
The game triggered outraged comments on the Google app store
review page as well as on Facebook. It had been downloaded about
1,000 times since its July 29 launch, according to Britain's
"You disgust me," Saj Ishaq wrote on PlayFTW's public Facebook
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment and
PlayFTW could not be immediately reached.
"Please take this off the Play store. It is offensive and I am
really let down that Google actually allowed this. If this game
isnít removed Iím starting a Google boycott," Oma Al, a user,
wrote on the game's review page, according to the Guardian.
On July 8, Israel launched an offensive on Gaza in response to a
surge in Hamas rocket strikes. Gaza officials say more than
1,831 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and
about 3,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged
since the offensive began.
(Reporting by Malathi Nayak; Additional reporting by Alexei
Oreskovic in San Francisco; Editing by Paul Simao)
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