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Turns Out Google Maps Has Never Labeled Palestine; Here's Why

Google has never labeled Palestine, but recent backlash on social media is calling for the company to reconsider.

By Melissa Prax | August 10, 2016

People thought Google had removed the Palestine label from its maps, and they weren't too happy.

The thing is, Google's always left the Palestinian region blank. Searching for "Palestine" in Google Maps takes you to both the West Bank and Gaza. And Google describes cities in both areas as "Palestinian."

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The U.S. doesn't actually recognize the State of Palestine. And Google is, after all, a U.S. company. 

But, the backlash that started with a Palestinian Journalism group wasn't completely without merit — the "Gaza Strip" and "West Bank" labels were apparently accidentally removed.

Google said it was a bug and that a fix is in the works.

It didn't say if it would be adding a "Palestine" label in the future, although social media users are asking for one. In the meantime, some are calling to boycott Google.

But it's not just Google Maps — Apple Maps doesn't have a "Palestine" label either. Bing, however, does.

This video includes clips from International Red CrossDoctors Without Borders and Google Maps and images from GoogleApple Inc.Microsoft Corp. and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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