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Apple accused of antisemitism as typing Jerusalem prompts Palestinian flag emoji

Apple has been accused of antisemitism after its iPhones started prompting a Palestinian flag emoji when users typed Jerusalem in a text message.

The prompt was first noted by prominent UK Jewish TV presenter Rachel Riley.

In a post on X, Riley says this had started happening after the latest software update. She also notes that other countries had the correct flag appear when typing their capital cities.

“Showing double standards with respect to Israel is a form of antisemitism, which is itself a form of racism against Jewish people,” Riley writes. “Please explain whether this is an intentional act by your company, or whether you have no control over rogue programmers.”