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[5]: Some facts
by kwan_e on Mon 6th May 2013 06:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Some facts"
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

It doesn't matter. You make it seem like it is some kind of heroic feat to outlast those empires - as though you deserve it more because of it.

Edited 2013-05-06 06:25 UTC

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RE[6]: Some facts
by adinas on Mon 6th May 2013 07:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Some facts"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

I guess I didn't make my point clear. It simply that when determining if a piece of land belongs to this or that people, I would expect reasonable people to understand that a country which existed on said land for thousands of years and protected its rights to that land against overwhelming odds would have more rights to it than a group of people who were invented 100 years ago.

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RE[7]: Some facts
by kwan_e on Mon 6th May 2013 07:30 in reply to "RE[6]: Some facts"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

than a group of people who were invented 100 years ago.


The term Palestine was given by the Romans to the province.

Secondly, just because the people didn't have a name doesn't mean they didn't exist, and it certainly doesn't mean that they can be treated as non-existent.

Even in Australia, it took a while, but we discarded the concept of Terra Nullis. The aboriginal population didn't have a name either. It doesn't make the British invasion more right.

You claim Palestinians were a group invented 100 years ago. Well, the concept of the nation-state didn't exist until a few hundred years ago. So by your own argument, there has been no such thing as a state of Israel because you're just hitching on a concept invented a few hundred years ago.

Thus, you have no rights, by your very own argument. Well done.

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RE[7]: Some facts
by Soulbender on Mon 6th May 2013 08:28 in reply to "RE[6]: Some facts"
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2005-08-18

I would expect reasonable people to understand that a country which existed on said land for thousands of years and protected its rights to that land against overwhelming odds would have more rights to it than a group of people who were invented 100 years ago.


Oh you mean just like the non-Jewish people that has lived on the land now known as Israel much longer than the current state of Israel has existed?

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