The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
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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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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