Date
17 October 2017
Google says it removes apps from its Play store that violate its policies. Photo: Time
Google says it removes apps from its Play store that violate its policies. Photo: Time

Google removes Bomb Gaza game from Play store

Google has removed Bomb Gaza and several other games related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent days, claiming they violate the Google Play store’s policies, Time reported.

In Bomb Gaza, a game about doing precisely what its peremptory title commands, you play as the Israeli Air Force, tapping a touchscreen to pour red-nosed bombs into a 2D multi-level landscape filled with cartoonish people wearing white robes and clutching children — meant to signify civilians — as well as others draped in black, clutching rifles, touting greenish headbands and grinning maniacally.

The goal is to hit those black-garbed militants — presumably members of Palestinian militant group Hamas — while avoiding the white-clad civilians.

The game’s dismissal comes after a month-long fight in Gaza that has left nearly 1,900 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 67 Israelis (mostly soldiers) dead.

Google said that it removes apps from its store that violate its policies but did not specify which policy the game had violated.

Bomb Gaza isn’t the only Gaza-centric game Google has removed. Another, dubbed Gaza Assault: Code Red is about dropping bombs on Palestinians using Israeli drones. 

It was also just yanked, as was another titled Whack the Hamas, in which players have to target Hamas members as they pop out of tunnels.

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