Arabs welcome Google recognition of Palestine

Arabs welcome Google recognition of Palestine

JEDDAH – Arabs welcomed the move by Internet giant Google to recognize the Palestinians’ upgraded UN status by placing the name “Palestine” on its search engine instead of “Palestinian Territories.”

The domain name, Google’s search engine for the territories, now brings up a homepage with “Palestine” written underneath the Google logo.

The change took effect on Wednesday, 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 organizations,” he said.

The UN General Assembly in November upgraded Palestine to the status of non-member observer state by a vote of 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.

Palestinian authorities have since begun to use the “State of Palestine” in diplomatic correspondence and issued official stamps for the purpose.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s telecommunications adviser Sabri Saydam said 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 by Israel’s colonization,” he said.

And as expected Israel bullied Google for its decision.


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