If you conduct a search in Google for famous Israelis who were born in Jerusalem, then you will see the city listed as “Jerusalem, State of Palestine.”
Shame on you Google!
[Note: Results from Google searches vary depending on where in the world you are located and the language in which you search]
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Ynetnews made the revelation today in reference to Irael’s President Reuven Rivlin. This offensive “mistake” was discovered when President Rivlin made a trip to the Israeli City of Raanana this week and officials there conducted a Google search to get information about him.
The city’s Mayor Ze’ev Bielski told Ynet, “While working on a speech ahead of President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to Ra’anana, we typed his name in English in Google, and then we were shocked to see it says he was born in ‘Jerusalem, the State of Palestine.'”
In case you thought that this only happens with people like President Rivlin, who was born before Israel’s independence, think again. It also happens with Natalie Portman who was born in Jerusalem in 1981.
“At first I couldn’t believe it, because Rubi Rivlin is the symbol of Israelism. But when we kept searching, we found that when my name is typed into Google it says I was born in Palestine, and the same is written about famous actress Natalie Portman, the Oscar winner who was also born in Jerusalem, added Bielski.
If you conduct a search for famous Israelis, who were born in other cities in that country, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu or Bar Refaeli, Google only lists the city of their birth without citing Israel at all.
And no, Google does not list either Atlanta or Richmond Virginia as being located in the “Confederate States of America.”
Nor does it list Belfast as being in the Republic of Ireland or Gdansk (formerly Danzig) as being in Prussia.
So why does Google do this to Israel? We’d like to know!