Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 20:10 UTC
Google "Internet giant Google has changed the tagline on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine'. The change, introduced on 1 May, means google.ps now displays 'Palestine' in Arabic and English under Google's logo. Using the word Palestine is controversial for some. Israeli policy is that the borders of a Palestinian state are yet to be agreed." Good but daring move.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by LighthouseJ on Sat 4th May 2013 18:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
LighthouseJ
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In the US, it's almost taboo to support anything other than Israel's supremacy in the region, and recognizing Palestinians as people deserving of fundamental civil and human rights is very controversial in the US.


Actually, this isn't true, at least not these days. I think you're being melodramatic here.

Popular support for Israel has big gaps in society. One thing I took away from the Arab Spring is that we started to question supplying arms to the perceived freedom fighters in Egypt, to the Libyan freedom fighters, etc... not really knowing what the US was getting in bed with, and remembering the CIA supporting al Qaeda against the Soviets. I think we've already begun to question support for Israel with the same critical eye.

In the 2012 election cycle, conservatives were rushing to claim that they would bring the US more closely aligned with Israel after Obama has let the relationship cool.

The question these days is who are they and will we just be exchanging one problem for another?

However, many American conservatives already swore off Google and switched to Bing (Or, at least said they would) because the Google doodle on Easter Sunday featured farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez to commemorate his birthday, rather than anything relating to Jesus. So, at least in the US, there will likely be a lot of noise in conservative news channels, but it probably won't effect their bottom line too much.


Both parties like to threaten to boycott big decisions in some way.
Check out the threats of conservatives and liberals threaten to move to Canada when something doesn't go their way, as if depriving us of their company would be so detrimental.

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