Saturday, 4 May 2013

Google brings up ‘Palestine’ on homepage

Internet giant Google has brought up the name "Palestine" on its search engine instead of "Palestinian Territories," irking the Israeli regime.

"We're changing the name 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine' across our products,” Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said in a statement on Friday.

He added that the American company made the decision after consulting with “a number of sources and authorities when naming countries."

"In this case, we are following the lead of the UN... and other international organizations."

Google's domain for Palestinian territories now names the land as Palestine.

The move comes after a UN decision last year upgrading Palestine to the status of non-member observer state by a vote of 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor reacted to the move, saying "Google is not a diplomatic entity which begs the question why are they getting involved in international politics and on the controversial side."

Palestinians, however, welcomed the decision with acting Palestinian Authority’s Chief Mahmud Abbas's telecommunications adviser saying that Google's move was "a step in the right direction."

"We hope Google maps will also show the fact that Palestinian land has been stolen from Israel's colonization," said Sabri Saydam.