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Google reinstates app that helps boycott Israel-linked companies

The "No Thanks" application's logo

Google has reinstated a mobile phone application that helps people identify and potentially avoid the products that have been made by companies that are linked to the Israeli regime.

The application, named "No Thanks," was made available again on Google's Play Store on Sunday, days after it was removed.

The app was launched last month amid a genocidal and yet-ongoing war by the Israeli regime against the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed more than 16,000 people.

The developer, named as Ahmad Bashbash, is a Hungary-based Palestinian from Gaza, who has lost his siblings to the regime's campaign of bloodletting against the coastal sliver and its crippling siege of the territory.

"I made it (the app) on behalf of my brother and my sister who I lost because of this brutal occupation, and my goal is to try to prevent what happened to me from happening to another Palestinian," he told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

"No Thanks" allows customers to scan products' barcodes and be notified if they have been made by Israeli-linked companies.

It was taken off the Play Store on November 30 owing to its description that read, "Welcome to No Thanks, here you can see if the product in your hand supports killing children in Palestine or not."

Before being removed, it was downloaded over 100,000 times.

The new version's description says, "Our app simplifies the process of scanning barcodes and searching for products that are listed for the boycott movement."

A version designed for Apple products has reportedly been developed and is currently under review.

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