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Google Palestine angers Gush Etzion's settlers

February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

Settlers from the Gush Etzion settlement have expressed outrage after discovering that they belong to the State of Palestine on the global search engine of Google, as stated on the website of the Hebrew-language newspaper Israel Today. The paper reported that Gush Etzion’s settlers described Google’s act as “outrageous.”

The paper reported that when settlers tried to search on the Google search engine, a note appeared in front of them notifying the need to search by “Google Palestine” and not “Google Israel” as they had done in the past.

The Director General of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel sent a letter to Google Inc. stating, “It’s unfortunate that Google, which is a business entity and not a political body, has decided that the residents of Judea and Samaria belong to the Palestinian Authority.”

“We are calling on you to remove this proclamation,” it added.

In response, Google’s spokesman said that the search engine aimed to provide the “best experience” for all of its users.