Google Recognizes West Bank as ‘Palestinian’
But on Google Maps, it’s all Israel
In the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, a judge rules that one Mr. Kris Kringle is legally Santa Claus, based on the fact that the U.S. Postal Service forwarded him Santa’s mail. One wonders (well, not really, but indulge us) whether the search-engine behemoth Google could impose similar binding authority on Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Those surfing the Web from the West Bank—including settlements—are now identified by Google as being located in “Palestinian territory,” whereas most Websites recognize these browsers as being in “Israel”. On the other hand, on Google Maps, “Ramallah, Israel” gets you the West Bank capital; “Ramallah, Palestine” gets you a Baptist church in Palestine, Texas. So maybe there won’t be any Miracle-esque court rulings any time soon.
Google Defines Samaria as ‘Palestinian Territory’ [Arutz Sheva]
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