At the time of writing over 1800 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Force, among the targets have been three UN facilities. Fascism is on the rise in Israel and its politicians believe its is acceptable to call for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.” Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the actions as unlawful, amounting to collective punishment and war crimes.
In light of this I believe its time for tech consumers to make their voices heard and boycott Israeli tech. Two of the biggest apps to come out of Israel in recent times are Viber, the VOIP/messaging app and Waze the navigation tool.
An equally cool alternative to Viber is the South Korean Kakao Talk, which is available on all major platforms including BlackBerry and many Nokia handsets. It offers free calls and conference calls (up to five participants), video calls, and has no banner ads. The app is primarily funded through the sale of sticker packs and optional marketing channels to brands. For the privacy conscious, you can exchange contacts using a username, rather than your mobile phone number.
Finding a free app similar to Waze has been a little more difficult as the best alternatives either aren’t available across platforms or are produced in almost equally objectionable places like Russia (Yandex Maps/Navigate). I will be trying MapQuest and Yandex over the next few days here in the UK and will post when I know more about them. If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.