Google offers Gush Etzion residents to search via Google.ps

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(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Residents of the Gush Etzion
settlement bloc located in Judea and Samaria near Jerusalem were shocked
recently to see that, according to Google, they live in “Palestine.” Gush
Etzion residents were astounded to discover that while trying to log into
Google to perform searches, the search engine has been redirecting them to
google.ps, the Palestinian handle, instead of google.co.il, as in the rest of
Israel.

“It’s unfortunate that the
Google company, which is a business entity and not a political body, has
decided that the residents of Judea and Samaria belong to the Palestinian
Authority,” wrote the legal forum’s Director-General Nahi Eyal in a letter
to Google. “We are calling on you to remove this kind of
proclamation.”

Google spokesperson Nathan Tyler clarified that Google Israel — the company
has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa — had not decided to include the Gush Etzion
bloc in the Palestinian territories region, adding that the search engine aimed
to provide the “best experience” for all of its users.

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Source: JNS.org

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