May 04, 2013

Google This! Google uses the P-word on its maps

This is from Middle East Online:
JERUSALEM - Israel on Friday questioned Internet giant Google's decision to replace the term "Palestinian Territories" with "Palestine" on the Palestinian page, after last year's UN decision to award Palestine observer status.

"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 said.

The change went into effect on May 1, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said in a statement.

"We're changing the name 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine' across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries. In this case, we are following the lead of the UN ... and other international organisations," he said.
I wonder how Israel will react when they label the whole shebang, Palestine, rather than just the West Bank and Gaza. 


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