Google has been criticized by infamous Hamas supporter and funder, CAIR, for allowing what they call “absolutely disgusting” computer games which glorify the horror and violence of the bombing of Gaza to be hosted on its Play store.
CAIR The terror-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy organization, today called on Google to remove violent games like “Bomb Gaza” from its Play app store. Other Google Smartphone games include “Gaza Assault.”
The “Bomb Gaza” game, which tells users that they must “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians,” was added to the Play store on July 29 and has already been downloaded hundreds of times. Israel has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, in its most recent attacks on Gaza.
“It is unconscionable that anyone would seek to profit from or appear to promote the ongoing slaughter of civilians in Gaza. We ask Google to immediately remove these games from its Play store and to screen future submissions and reject content that would make a game of killing civilians anywhere in the world.”
UK Telegraph Smartphone games such as Gaza Assault: Code Red are available openly on the store, where the player takes control of an Israeli drone equipped with “powerful weapons” over Gaza. A description of the Android game says: “Terrorist cells are launching rockets into your country, do you have what it takes to protect your citizens?” The software allows users to play for first five levels for free, but then charges for a full version.
Another game, which is free to download, is called simply “Bomb Gaza”. The game’s logo includes an F16 fighter jet, as used by Israel’s military, and the description tells users that they must “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians”. (Unlike Hamas which targets civilians, even their own) The game was added to the Play store on July 29 and has already been downloaded between 500 and 1,000 times.
One Google user who commented on Bomb Gaza’s description said: “To think that you can turn genocide, murder and ethnic cleansing into a game is absolutely disgusting”, while another said it was “utterly shameful”. A third user added: “My beloved brothers and sisters are dying in Gaza and some stupid ignoramus decides to make a game like this.”
Another Android game currently available is called Whack the Hamas, which claims on its description page to have been “inspired by the operation ‘Tzuk Eitan’.” That name, which translates as Protective Edge, is the codename given to the Israel Defense Forces’s operation against Gaza. The game’s description says: “The Hamasites are coming out of their tunnels! Don’t let them escape, otherwise they will hurt innocent civilians!”
Chris Doyle, the director of The Council for Arab-British Understanding, said that such games were in “very, very poor taste”.
“These games glorify the horror and violence of the bombing of Gaza, sanitising for a younger generation what is a dreadful conflict that has killed thousands and decimated the lives of hundreds of thousands. It raises serious questions of Google’s ethical standards if these games remain hosted on its platforms,” he said.