A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza
Strip and invites users to "drop bombs and avoid killing
civilians" has been pulled from Google Inc's app store after
a public backlash.
"Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still available as an
app on Facebook, simulates the ongoing conflict between
Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the
Palestinian territory. Players drop bombs from a fighter jet
while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters in black and green
"We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies,"
a spokesman for Google said, confirming that the game had
been removed from the Google Play app store. Google did not
specify which policy the game had violated.
Google Play has rules that prohibit content that amounts to
hate speech, bullying and violence and lets users flag
The game triggered outraged comments on the Google app store
review page as well as on Facebook. It had been downloaded
about 1,000 times since its July 29 launch, according to
Britain's Guardian newspaper.
"You disgust me," Saj Ishaq wrote on PlayFTW's public
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment
and PlayFTW could not be immediately reached.
"Please take this off the Play store. It is offensive and I
am really let down that Google actually allowed this. If this
game isn't removed I'm starting a Google boycott," Oma Al, a
user, wrote on the game's review page, according to the
On July 8, Israel launched an offensive on Gaza in response
to a surge in Hamas rocket strikes. Gaza officials say more
than 1,831 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been
killed and about 3,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed
or damaged since the offensive began.