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Google suggests Palestine keffiyeh as symbol of terrorism

May 26, 2021 at 11:32 am

Palestinian youths, using the traditional keffiyeh scarves as masks due to COVID-19 in Gaza City on 22 June 2020 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images]

Social media users yesterday slammed Google for linking the iconic Palestinian scarf the keffiyeh with “terrorism”.

A Google search asking ‘what scarf do terrorists wear on their head?’ brings up images of the Palestinian keffiyeh donned on the head or neck, alongside pictures of terrorists waving the Daesh flag, or even Muslim women wearing the hijab or headscarf.

During the latest Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip, social media users highlighted social media platforms complicity with the occupation as Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok censoring content shared highlighting the Palestinian narrative and Israeli aggression.

Last week, a group of Jewish Google employees called on the company to increase its support of Palestinians amid Israel’s deadly bombing campaign in Gaza which killed more than 270 people, including 67 children.

In their letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, they wrote: “We object to the conflation of Israel with the Jewish people, affirm that anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.”

“Google is the world’s largest search engine and any repression of freedom of expression occurring within the company is a danger not only to Googlers internally but to all people around the world,” they added.

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