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Google replaces 'Palestinian territories' with 'Palestine'

india Updated: May 04, 2013 16:41 IST

Google is recognizing a state of Palestine, at least on its local home page in the Palestinian territories.

Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said that they were changing the name 'Palestinian territories' to 'Palestine' across our products.

According to Fox News, the move comes after a U.N. decision last year upgrading the Palestinians' status to 'non-member observer state'.

Israel said that Palestinian statehood should be reached through negotiations, not unilateral moves.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said ' Google is not a diplomatic entity which begs the question why are they getting involved in international politics and on the controversial side', the report said.

According to the report, U.N spokesman Farhan Haq said the organization tended to refer to Palestinian areas on its maps as 'the occupied Palestinian territories ', but after the upgraded status, documents now refer to it as 'Palestine'.