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Google Formally Puts Palestine On Virtual Map 338

Posted by timothy
from the ministry-of-truth dept.
hypnosec writes "Google has indirectly walked right into one of the Middle East's most obstinate conflicts by labeling Palestine as an independent nation — wiping off the term 'Palestinian Territories' and replacing it with 'Palestine' in its localized search page. Google's move is more or less in line with the UN's October decision to name Palestine as a non-member observer state. The status given to Palestine will allow the state to join UN debates as well as global bodies such as the International Criminal Court, in theory at least. Up until May 1, anyone visiting http://www.google.ps were shown the phrase Palestinian Territories. This change is definitely not a huge one but, it has attracted criticism from politicians in Israel."
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Google Formally Puts Palestine On Virtual Map

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  • We all have our roles to play I suppose.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Good. It's about time.

    EOM

  • by cervesaebraciator (2352888) on Friday May 03, 2013 @07:21PM (#43625439)
    After much deliberation, they thought "Palestine Beta" would cause yet more controversy.
  • by crutchy (1949900) on Friday May 03, 2013 @07:23PM (#43625463)

    the rothschild family and the queen of england are just trying to use their proxies (including google) to spark conflict in the middle east to trigger world war 3, collapse the US dollar and invoke the new world order... in preparation for the nazis to return from the dark side of the moon with their army of rock spiders

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot AT hackish DOT org> on Friday May 03, 2013 @07:28PM (#43625499)

    Google typically defers to self-identification, even where names or status are disputed. For example, google.mk is taglined "Google Macedonia", not "Google FYROM".

  • To celebrate, I'm going to stand in this bucket and sing "Jerusalem!"

    And did those feet, in ancient times, walk upon England's mountains green? Everyone now!

  • Good (Score:5, Interesting)

    by l0ungeb0y (442022) on Friday May 03, 2013 @07:50PM (#43625667) Homepage Journal

    I was so pleased when the UN finally told the US and Israel what they thought of the nice little Ghetto Israel had created for the Palestinians to slowly be eradicated in.

    Frankly, I agree with Sir Gerald Kaufman of the UK in his views that Israel is no better than certain German Fascists in their treatment of the Palestinians.

    “The current Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt among gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians,” Sir Gerald Kaufman, a veteran MP of the governing Labour Party and a long-time critic of Israel, said Thursday in parliament.

    And before some butt-hurt heeb starts pulling out his "you disagree with Israel, you therefor are an anti-semite" card...
    Sir Gerald Kaufman is himself a Jew.

    I hope that someday more land can be given to Palestine and both sides can learn to live in peace -- but considering this dispute seems driven by ultra-conservative religious wing-nuts on all sides, I don't think that will happen without total annihilation of the region.

    • by PPH (736903)
      Mod parent up and let the bullets fly.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Yakasha (42321)

      Frankly, I agree with Sir Gerald Kaufman of the UK in his views that Israel is no better than certain German Fascists in their treatment of the Palestinians.

      I don't recall German Jews ever stating they wanted to march every German into the Rhine (Ya, I know that quote doesn't come from a Palestinian, but the sentiment does and it predates the formation of Israel), so I really don't see how the comparison is valid.

      “The current Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt among gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians,

      Actually their most commonly cited reason for "murdering the Palestinians" is something along the lines of "INCOMING ROCKET!" I really don't ever hear the Holocaust being brought up except to compare Israeli Jews to the Nazis.

      And before some butt-hurt heeb starts pulling out his "you disagree with Israel, you therefor are an anti-semite" card... Sir Gerald Kaufman is himself a Jew.

      Uncle Tom doesn't care wh

      • Re:Good (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Uberbah (647458) on Friday May 03, 2013 @11:09PM (#43626789)

        Actually their most commonly cited reason for "murdering the Palestinians" is something along the lines of "INCOMING ROCKET!"

        You mean this [wikimedia.org] rocket right here? And the excuse for Israel violating ceasefires and killing hundreds of Palestinians a la Cast Lead?

        More problems for tired Zionist apologia: Israel's justification for starting the 1967 war was the Egyptian blockade of the Straits of Tiran, one of many trade routes to Israel. But that means that Palestinian attacks in response to the total blockade of Gaza are perfectly justified by Israeli rules.

        The Palestinians have been rejecting a two-state solution for more than 80 years.

        Repeating a big lie doesn't make it true, it just makes you a bigger liar. The Palestinians are entitled to all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but they've been willing to make concessions on that in order to get a state of their own. But Israel keeps making more and more draconian demands, or pulls out of negotiations.

        Because Israel isn't interested in peace. It's interested in land, and waiting out the clock until it becomes a matter of taking land from someone's great-great grandchild to give to someone else's great-great grandchild.

  • Yawn (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    As an Israeli, all I can say is:

        * It's about time.
        * Don't worry about the yelling from certain Israeli politicians. They look just as dumb to most Israelis as they do to the rest of the world.

  • DNA has shown that Israelis and Palestinians are the same people. Either they both have an ancestral claim to the land or neither one does.

  • I looked up "Palestine" on Google Maps and still didn't see any of the boundaries determined. Could Google figure that one out for us too? I'm sure there's got to be an algorithm for that. (And before anybody says anything, yes, the word "algorithm" is derived from Arabic, so it might be biased.)

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