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Chinese companies remove ‘Israel’ from digital maps

China President Xi Jinping. [File Photo]

Two prominent Chinese technology corporations, Alibaba and Baidu, have excluded the State of Israel from their latest digital mapping services.

While the delineations of the maps align with the internationally accepted borders of Israel, the country’s name is notably absent from these representations.

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 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.

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