Google redirects Gush Etzion residents to Palestinian handle for searches

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Residents of the Gush Etzion community located in Judea and Samaria near Jerusalem were recently shocked recently to see that, according to Google, they live in “Palestine.”

While trying to perform Google searches, Gush Etzion residents found that the search engine has been redirecting them to, the Arabic-language Palestinian handle, instead of, as the rest of Google users in Israel are directed to.

Click photo to download. Caption: In the top, right corner, Google offers Gush Etzion residents the option of searching via "Google Palestine." Credit: Israel Hayom screenshot.

"It's unfortunate that the Google company, which is a business entity and not a political body, has decided that the residents of Judea and Samaria belong to the Palestinian Authority," wrote Director-General of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel Nahi Eyal in a letter to Google. "We are calling on you to remove this kind of proclamation."

Posted on May 22, 2013 .