Internet giant Google has brought up the name " Palestine " on its search engine instead of " Palestinian Territories, " irking the Israeli regime." We ' re changing the name ' Palestinian Territories ' to ' Palestine ' across our products, ” Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said in a statement on Friday. He added that the American company made the decision after consulting with “a number of sources and authorities when naming countries. "
" In this case, we are following the lead of the UN… and other international organizations. "
Google ' s domain for Palestinian territories www. google. ps now names the land as Palestine. The move comes after a UN decision last year upgrading Palestine to the status of non - member observer state by a vote of 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor reacted to the move, saying " Google is not a diplomatic entity which begs the question why are they getting involved in international politics and on the controversial side. " Palestinians, however, welcomed the decision with acting Palestinian Authority’s Chief Mahmud Abbas ' s telecommunications adviser saying that Google ' s move was " a step in the right direction. " " We hope Google maps will also show the fact that Palestinian land has been stolen from Israel ' s colonization, " said Sabri Saydam.