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Search engine Google recognises Palestine

Internet giant changes its dedicated Palestine Territories page to Google Palestine

Search engine Google recognises Palestine

Google, the world's largest search engine, following the United Nations' move less than a year ago, has recognised the state of Palestine.

The search engine, changed its Palestinian Territories dedicated page to Google Palestine.

The country specific website is: https://www.google.ps/

The UN 193-member state General Assembly approved the upgrade of status to 'nonmember observer state' in November of last year. There were 138 votes in favor, 9 countries against (which include the US, Canada, Israel) and 41 abstentions.

In Europe, Austria, France, Italy, Norway and Spain voted in favor of recognition, while Britain, and Germany abstained.

In response Israel has withheld funds owed to the Palestinian Authority and authorized the illegal building of thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, on Palestinian expropriated land.

The Palestinian Authority has faced one of its worst financial crisis since its inception in 1994 in the wake of the defunct Oslo agreement.

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