Why Did Google Change It To Google Palestinian?

May 7, 2013 • 8:15 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

As you may have seen across the news, Google changes the label on Google.ps from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestinian."

Google Palestinian

The question is why did Google make the change? Is it because they are making a political statement?

As you probably know, a ton of Google innovation comes out of their Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel offices. They have tons of Israeli employees.

Google told the BBC:

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, Icann [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations.

Okay, so ICANN told them to do so. They are a governing body of the internet. Google should not be a governing body of the internet.

Israel says this threatens the security of Israel by limiting peace hopes. But do you really think Google made the change to harm Israel, a place where so much Google innovation comes from?

As you can imagine, this can be a heated topic, so I am a bit afraid of what will take place in the comments here. So take the comments to the forums...

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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05/07/2013 12:31 pm

Because Palastine is a state not territory and just because innovation comes from Israil doesn't mean that Google has to obey israeli politics which generally conflicts with the rest of the world including UN. Google is an independent corporation. It's disgusting to see nationalism here on this blog. Seriously when did palastine happen to be a 'territory'?

Barry Schwartz

05/07/2013 12:32 pm

We cover forum threads about Google. There are tons of threads on the topic.


05/07/2013 12:33 pm

Rabble rousing? Google is a business, not a country. I am sure that their decision is strictly business and has nothing to do with politics.


05/07/2013 12:34 pm

"Israel says this threatens the security of Israel." Seriously? Then again according to the UN Israel's embargo on them for restricted items, "They had also restricted the importation of lentils, pasta, tomato paste and juice by some incomprehensible logic that these items may pose a security threat." http://www.un.org/ga/president/63/news/GazaReport.pdf And I'm a Jewish American putting this out there.

Barry Schwartz

05/07/2013 12:36 pm

At least I will get a lot of comments on this post. :)

Shazia Malik

05/07/2013 12:54 pm

"Israel says this threatens the security of Israel." Thats Makes me Laugh Loudly . Israel Says "Laugh Loudly Threatens the Security of Israel"

Jawad Latif

05/07/2013 01:00 pm

Each comment here threatens the security of Israel.


05/07/2013 01:11 pm

Well, I figure I should get in before the comment storm: Good for Google, good for Palestine, and good for Israel. I wasn't aware that there was a Google office in Haifa as well as Tel Aviv: Learn something new from every story. Off topic: Some of the best times I had while back packing around Ireland were the few days spent with a brother and sister from Israel and the Palestinian guy we all met in Belfast. Great times, great people, and a nice collection of languages to learn to curse in.


05/07/2013 03:22 pm

It's all about politics and nothing else, and Google dabbles in a lot of politics. With Palestinians constantly attacking Israel, I can understand why it is so touchy.


05/08/2013 12:44 am

LOL. You should know by now that a post about Panda or Penguin will get a lot more comments on this blog than one about Israel and Palestine. After all, we come here to read about search engines. CNN is the place to go and leave comments about politics IMO.

Philip D Georgiades II

05/08/2013 02:43 pm


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