Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
We were dismayed by the announcement last week from Google that it was changing the name “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” across its products. In explaining the action, a Google spokesman said that “We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries…. In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and other international organizations.”
ICANN is a non-governmental international organization that coordinates the Internet’s system of unique identifiers and addresses. The ISO, also an international non-governmental body, promotes standardization in various fields around the world. Following the UN General Assembly’s granting non-member observer state status to “Palestine,” both ICANN and the ISO followed suit and began referring to “Palestinian territories” as “Palestine.”
It is not yet clear how far Google intends to go with “Palestine.” At this point Google has changed the logo of its localized search pages serving the Palestinians to read “Palestine” rather than “Palestinian territories.” Even this seemingly innocuous move is significant since localized search pages serving the United Kingdom, France and other countries list the name of the particular country served on the local logo.
Some Israeli officials downplayed the matter, noting that Google is not a government or an international organization like the UN. But such calm is misplaced. The Palestinians reacted with glee to this recognition, rightly seeing it as a form of “virtual recognition.” Google has a global reach and its move to rebrand “Palestine” will be understood by untold millions as somehow defining.
Google certainly has come a long way from its original mission statement, in which it proposed “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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