Bomb Gaza for fun
As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues, some enterprising capitalists saw this as an opportunity to make money.
A variety of games allowing players to bomb Palestinian homes and people have surfaced in Android’s Google Play store.
The most popular, until it was taken down this week after an outcry, was a (well-reviewed!) game called Bomb Gaza.
Yes, Bomb Gaza. Because you can have fun on the back of other people’s misery.
The game allowed players to take control of an Israeli Defence Forces fighter jet and fly low over Palestinian territory with the intention of destroying buildings filled with black-clad, rocket-toting Hamas operatives.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, when you’ve killed too many innocent civilians, a “Rage” meter tips into the red zone, and your mission comes to an end.
Bomb Gaza is one of many games of this nature, some of which are still available, like Iron Dome.
Despite Google Play Developer Program Policies specifically forbidding “gratuitous violence” and “hate speech”, it hasn’t prevented virtual warmongers from finding a gap. Yuck.