Earlier this week, Vogue Arabia posted a provocative picture to its web site and Instagram web page, displaying a map of Israel festooned with flowers surrounding the Dome of the Rock.

However as a substitute of being labeled “Israel,” the map was captioned “Palestine.”

The picture, created by Turkey-based illustrator Adige Batur and titled “The Actual Map,” was made in response to a current controversy over Google Maps not displaying the title for Palestine on its platform, with some claiming that the title had been eliminated. (Google Maps, in reality, has by no means listed the title “Palestine” on its platform.) This accusation towards Google has been leveled up to now, notably in 2016 by the Discussion board of Palestinian Journalists throughout a time when a bug on the web site erased the labels for the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip.

In a prolonged Instagram caption, Vogue Arabia wrote that “the picture, which showcases Palestine instead of Israel, was rapidly shared by a number of the Arab World’s [sic] most outstanding celebrities, together with [Egyptian actors] Sherihan and Yasmin Raeis. The artist commented: ‘I needed to encourage hope for the protest towards Palestine being ignored on Google Maps. The flowers seen listed below are additionally symbols of this hope.’” Palestine, which can be not listed on Apple Maps, has by no means been the title of an internationally acknowledged impartial nation, though Google Maps does demarcate disputed territories in Israel with dashed grey strains.

The Instagram put up encourages followers to “learn the complete story at Vogue.me,” however doesn’t hyperlink to the story in query. The article, revealed July 20, addresses why the picture is controversial, saying its critics declare it “doesn’t provide a balanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian battle and noticeably excludes Israel from the illustration.” The Instagram put up itself famous that “the Palestine/Israel battle is a hot-button, typically controversial and divisive matter with historic complexity.”

However many commenters on the put up had been outraged by what they seen as an try to erase the Jewish State’s existence or legitimacy.

“You can’t battle Injustice with Injustice [sic],” one commenter wrote. “Google didn’t delete Palestine, they by no means put it on the maps just because it isn’t acknowledged as a separate nation by most Western international locations. I’m not saying that is proper, however that is the explanation why. Put Palestine on the map Google!! However the artwork deleting
Israel just isn’t cool both.”

Others had been extra laconic, writing “fairly certain that is Israel.”

The picture stays on the journal’s Instagram and Fb pages. At press time, representatives for Vogue didn’t reply to requests for remark.

PJ Grisar is the Ahead’s tradition reporter. He could be reached at grisar@ahead.com

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