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Google Recognizes Palestine, Sort Of

The search engine has updated the Palestinian landing page to recognize it as a nation. But not on Google maps.

Posted on May 3, 2013, at 10:44 a.m. ET


Google just changed the tagline on their Palestinian search engine landing page from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine," as reported by Foreign Policy. This comes a year after the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize it as a nation state.

The old version

Translation: "Palestinian Territories"

Translation: "Palestinian Territories"

The new version


But on Google Maps Palestine is still a territory.

Google — Google Maps in particular — has come to represent a sort of ad-hoc international political body. The manner in which it recognizes borders and territories carries no official weight, but lots of practical weight: its changes are instant, and hundreds of millions of people interact with Google Maps on a regular basis.

Google has not yet returned a request for comment.

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