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Google`s Palestinian version
Google`s Palestinian version

Google recognized Palestine

(Dp-news)

Agencies- Internet search engine Google has taken a small but politically loaded step by changing the tagline on the homepage of its Palestinian version from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.”



Google's homeland, the United States, is currently the most powerful opponent of recognizing Palestine.



Press reports say Friday that the search engine changed the tagline on its home page in the occupied territories from "Palestinian territories" to, simply, "Palestine".

"We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries," a Google spokesman, Nathan Tyler, told the BBC.





“In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, ICANN [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organization for Standardization] and other international organizations,” Tyler added.



Google’s decision has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority.

“This is a step in the right direction, a timely step and one that encourages others to join in and give the right definition and name for Palestine instead of Palestinian territories,” Sabri Saidam, advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told the BBC.



“Most of the traffic that happens now happens in the virtual world and this means putting Palestine on the virtual map as well as on the geographic maps,” he added.

Saidam said that since the U.N. vote on Nov. 29, the PA had written to international companies, including Google, asking them to replace their usage of “Palestinian Territories” with “Palestine.”



The move was strongly opposed by Israel and the United States. Israeli authorities, however, questioned Google’s “surprising” move.



"This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private Internet company in international politics -- and on the controversial side," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.



The United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine the status of “non-member observer state” last November, providing Palestinians a certain degree of statehood recognition.



U.N spokesman Farhan Haq said the organization tended to refer to Palestinian areas on its maps as "the occupied Palestinian territories," but after the upgraded status, documents now refer to it as "Palestine."

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rbockman            5/4/2013 4:56:03 AM
could be that no one has told google that there has never been an independent state of palestine, ever
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