Google Maps removes ‘apartheid wall’ label from security fence near Jerusalem | JNS

Google announced that it had removed the “Apartheid Wall” label from a road adjacent to the security fence on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.

While it is not known how this happened, the company called it “inappropriate” and removed the tag after being alerted by JNS.

“We have taken swift action to update this inappropriate error,” a Google spokesperson told JNS.

The unnamed road appears to be a military road that runs along the security fence not far from the Church of Bethphage on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives and the Tomb of Lazarus east of Jerusalem.

Erected after the wave of Palestinian suicide bombings during the years of the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005, the security fence has been seen as an effective tool to prevent infiltration of terrorist groups from the West Bank, with the number of such attacks declining. dramatically after its construction.

A screenshot from Google Maps showed the “apartheid wall” near Jerusalem. Source: Screenshot.

Yet it has drawn criticism from the international community, which views the barrier as evidence of Israel’s intention to annex land and undermine the Middle East peace process.

As a result, critics accused Israel of being an “apartheid state” to describe its policy towards Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, also applying the term to the barrier.

Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, claim that “the label of apartheid seems to call into question the legitimacy of the only Jewish state in the world and its continued existence.”

The Google Maps post to remove the “apartheid wall” label from the security fence near Jerusalem first appeared on JNS.org.

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