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SCHMOOGLE THAT Google Recognizes Palestine Palestinian farmers in Jenin on April 15. (Mohammed Ballas/AP)

Google Recognizes Palestine

One small step for Google, one giant leap for Palestine? The tech giant's local homepage is now labeled "Palestine" instead of the former (and cumbersome) “Palestinian territories.” The move comes five months after the United Nations upgraded Palestine to a nonmember observer state. A Google spokesman said Friday that the change will be rolled out across Google's platforms and products, to the gratification of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But some aren't so excited: a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry responded, saying that the move "has no diplomatic or political significance."

May 4, 2013 10:59 AM