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Google Palestine page defaced, hackers demand Israel’s removal

By Mason White 12:20 PM August 27, 2013
Screenshot of defaced Google Palestine page 

By: Moses Gold
The Google Palestine page has been hacked and defaced over objections of listing Israel as a country in the Middle East.

The Google page for Palestine was hacked despite the fact that Google changed the name of their search pages from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” in May.

Hackers went even further to suggest that changing the title on Google Maps from Israel to Palestine would be a real “revolution”, and also suggests that visitors listen to R&B singer Rihanna. It also calls on everyone to “be cool.”

A Google spokesperson released the following statement:

Some users, who have been visiting were redirected to a different website. However, Google services for domain were not hacked. We are in contact with the organization responsible for administering the domain name so we can help solve the problem.

As we reported earlier, the Palestinian Authority has received a big boost of recognition from the world’s largest internet search engine and one of the largest internet companies in the world.

With one small step, Google, has expressed its opinion on the Palestinian issue. Last week, internet surfers have noticed that the Google homepage for the Palestinian Territories changed its name from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine”, less than a year after the U.N. General Assembly first recognized Palestine as a state.

“I applaud Google for taking the step to update the territory name to Palestine. It might be an unpopular move to some, but the People of Palestine, who are the ones using, definitely welcome the name change, and that is what is most important,” Rene Franks, 40, of Paris, France told after learning about the Google name change.

“We are changing the name ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Palestine’ in all our products,” Google spokesperson Nathan Tyler said. “We consulted several sources and authorities in naming countries. In this case, we are following the example of the U.N., ICANN, ISO and other international organizations,” the Google spokesperson added.