Google does not know that Arab and Palestinian Mothers Exist
Iqbal Tamimi Ė Palestinian Think Tank March 19, 2009
On the 21st of March the Arab world celebrates Motherís Day. On this day also the length of the day becomes equal to the length of the night. Nature is sending us a hint of optimism that everything is possible and as much as we feel despair, there is an equal chance of hope.
I thought of researching some photos from Google to celebrate women and their children. I started with the terms "Mother and child" in a research in Arabic and I found all kinds of mother and child pictures available from every country and animals as well, including chimps and monkeys, but not one of an Arab woman or a Palestinian woman with a child.
I thought of shifting to the English search in Google engine, again the Arab woman was not there at all. Is it possible that thousands of screaming mothers in Gaza next to their childrenís corpses have been dropped from the memory of Google? Was this an intentional attempt not to include us as mothers from a general search? Mothers and children of remote areas I have never heard of were there in hundreds of pictures, but not one Arab woman with her childÖ not even one mother from Lebanon crying over her children during the attacks on South Lebanon, not one woman crying over her killed children in Iraq, not one photo of any Arab woman with a child in Darfur or Iraq.
Have we been condemned sterile? Are we denied the honour of being mothers by Google?
I would like to remind Google on Motherís Day that Mary the Mother of Christ, who happens to be the most important icon of motherhood in history, is a Palestinian Mother. How come none of almost 2000 pictures of Palestinian Mothers and their killed children on the Net could not manage to find their way to Googleís engine?
Talking about conspiracy, I guess this one example shows how common it must be to manipulate the media. Imagine if every researcher of women and their children stumbled upon photos of thousands of Palestinian Mothers hugging their killed children - what that would that lead to? Yes, it will offer people an extra eye and a great chance to know that there are people oppressed and crying for help, this will move the hearts of people who have a clean conscious that they might spend some time to know why all Palestinian Mothers are stained with blood, and investigate why their children are laying there wounded or killed. People will start to wonder why there is no picture of children playing, drawing, flying a kite, enjoying a meal, smiling or studying. People might wonder why womenís pictures show mothers without homes, mothers cooking on open fires in the wild, mothers inside prisons, mothers who do harvest flowers in black so that another mother from the FIRST world can enjoy motherís Day and get a beautiful bouquet of flowers gathered by another Mother in Palestine who could not afford to take a day off on Motherís Day, because she is the sole supporter and provider of her family because men are either dead or in prisoners by Israeli authorities.
Happy Motherís Day to all Mothers around the world, and a special Happy Motherís Day for my heroines, the Palestinian and Arab Mothers.
Last updated 22/03/2009