China's tech giants remove 'Israel' from online maps


Published: 2023-10-31 19:20

Last Updated: 2024-02-25 15:54

China's tech giants remove 'Israel' from online maps
China's tech giants remove 'Israel' from online maps

Online maps operated by Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Baidu have omitted the name "Israel," according to social media users.

While city names within "Israel" are still visible on these maps, the country's name is absent. Nearby nations like Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq are visible on the map.

Social media personality Jackson Hinkle wrote on X, formerly Twitter: "China has REMOVED ISRAEL from its online maps, including Baidu and Alibaba! When you click on Jerusalem, it says Jerusalem, Palestine."

Another user tweeted: "That will happen in Google map too when US stops sending funds to Israel."

Baidu denied any deliberate exclusion of "Israel," explaining that smaller countries may not always have their names displayed at certain zoom levels.

Alibaba, however, has not provided a comment yet.

This comes as Operation Aqsa Typhoon, launched by Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, continues for the 25th consecutive day in response to Israeli Occupation violations in the occupied Palestinian territories, which have been ongoing for decades.

In retaliation, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has launched a campaign against the Gaza Strip, conducting a series of airstrikes in various areas.