Google has swiftly removed a game from its Google Play Store which allowed players to choose avatars as Israeli soldiers and bomb Gaza city to mimic the horrific bombing that has been done by Israel on Gaza city in recent month that has killed more than 1400 civilians including 400 innocent children.
Google said that it does not comment on individual apps but it “removes apps from Google Play that violate our policies”.
The game which was named BombGaza was uploaded to Google Play last week and had been downloaded more than 1,000 times before it was taken down.
Customers had severely criticized the game soon after it was released. Most of the comments shame Google for allowing such game to be available on Google Play. One commenter wrote:
“Utterly shameful. Real people, many of them children, are dying in Gaza. Many of those who haven’t been killed face life with debilitating injuries, bereavement and without homes. Their suffering is as real as yours or mine, and to make light of it like this speaks of your essential failure as a human. Shame on the creators of this game, and those who ‘play’ it.”
The developer of the game is a company named PLAYFTW which has two other games on Google Play. The owner of the company is someone named Roman Shapiro.
The game was totally against Google’s app policies which do not allow acceptance of apps that promote violence, hate speech and bullying.