Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Palestine: Google Goes Ga Ga, By David Singer

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

'Google has spoken Palestine is now indeed recognized as a country by the internet giant following the change of tag line on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine".

In a statement given to the BBC, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said:
"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."
Dr Sabri Saidam, advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told the BBC:

"This is a step in the right direction, a timely step and one that encourages others to join in and give the right definition and name for Palestine instead of Palestinian territories
Most of the traffic that happens now happens in the virtual world and this means putting Palestine on the virtual map as well as on the geographic maps"

Tom McCarthy a journalist for the Guardian US has reported Google's announcement under the following headline:
"Palestine now recognised by greater power than US or Israel – Google"

Certainly Mahmoud Abbas assumed the title "President of Palestine" and disbanded the Palestinian Authority on 3 January.

Yet no map has been produced by President Abbas indicating where the country he presumably heads is located. Nor has he called for the disbandment of the refugee camps run by UNRWA and extended a call to all Palestinian Arabs around the world to come and join him in the task of building and developing this newest country in the world.

As the unelected President of Palestine, the former unelected President of the officially disbanded Palestinian Authority, the elected Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the head of its major faction Fatah Abbas has led the fight for recognition of statehood and it seems that his victories at UNESCO and the United Nations have borne fruit as even organisations such as Google queue up to recognize that there is indeed a newly created country called "Palestine".

So where is the country called Palestine? What are its boundaries and who is its ruler?

Words have meaning and consequences. Playing semantics where lives and other countries national interests are involved is a dangerous game.

The recognition of this new country called "Palestine" by Google and anyone espousing the same viewpoint requires them to identify the precise location and area of the land that such country encompasses.

Google itself does not appear to be following its much reported announcement in other spheres of its business.

A search for "Palestine" on Google Maps only provides a map for "Palestinian Territories".

A search for "Palestine" on Google Earth Maps on-line free only reveals the following:

"Satellite View of the Palestinian territories: Gaza Strip and West Banks
Satellite View of Palestinian territories using Google Earth Data
Satellite view is showing the Palestinian territories of Gaza Strip which lies on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and the West Bank, a landlocked territory on the west bank of the River Jordan in the Middle East.stin
Largest city in Gaza Strip is Gaza (City), most populated cities in West Bank are Nablus (135,000), and Hebron (120,000).
Countries with international borders to the Palestinian territories are Egypt, Israel, and Jordan."
A search on Google Images for "Palestine Map 2013" only displayed a map titled "Occupied Palestinian Territory".

Google's left hand does not seem to know what its right hand is doing.

Google's credibility and reliability to provide accurate information is certainly being put to the test as a result of its latest decision.

Perhaps Nathan Tyler can enlighten Google users because at the present time the situation appears to be very confusing.'


  1. It's official. Attacks from "Palestinians" are now a bona fide act of war by a foreign state. I'm all for it, now when rockets fly into Sderot, flatten Gaza city until it's a lunar landscape fit for roaches.

  2. Would you want Google to make such a determination? I wouldn't.

  3. OT
    Keeping prejudice under control
    The pro-divestment movement wants you to believe that its cause is a struggle between the ethnic minority Palestinians and the “white” and “privileged” Jews and Israelis. By pretending that Jews are white Europeans, they argue that Israelis are foreign occupiers. But Jews are not a homogenous group of white people; we are an ethnically Middle Eastern people, comprising many unique communities from across the globe. After centuries of persecution, we have found security in this country and in our nation’s first home, Israel. And although we have achieved the privilege of statehood, our personal histories are defined by our recent struggles.

    Israel and Australia in joint stamp issue
    Stamps bearing tribute to the heroic Australian Light Horse Brigade and the monumental battle fought by the ANZACs in Beersheba in 1917 will be jointly issued by Israel and Australia on 10 May.

  4. OT
    This has to be the dumbest comment on Q and A.
    "AUDIENCE MEMBER: You were saying Iran is the aggressor. For almost a decade now Israel has been murdering thousands, tens of thousands of Palestinians. Now, let me ask you a question, is Israel the murderer and the aggressor or is Iran the aggressor because Iran is feeding the Palestinian people. Today the Palestinians have food in their bellies because of Iran and not Israel."

    Bolt covered it on radio and is promising an article.

  5. Apologies for the tardy posting of comments. My house doesn't yet have a modem in place and I'm at a friend's place using her Apple at present. Modem supposed to be ready for pickup today, but I'm not hopeful!