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Google Maps need correction

When you do a search of Google maps for "Israel," you get a map that shows the entire area of mandate Palestine as Israel, despite the fact that the West Bank and Gaza Strip are not part of Israel and are, in fact, the Palestinian Territories -- or, to be more precise, the Palestinian Occupied Territories, as the UN, the International Red Cross, and others refer to them.

Similarly, when you do a search of Google maps for "Palestine" or "Palestinian," you only get Palestine, Texas. There is no result that gives the Palestinian Territories.

As a result, this not only gives incorrect results for people using Google maps, it also seems to result in maps being used by the Associated Press, AFP, etc. that incorrectly give the Palestinian Territories to Israel.

This needs to be fixed. I'm surprised that neither Google nor any of the news agencies have corrected this. Fortunately, in the meantime, many other organizations have excellent and accurate maps.

Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 10:02AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off

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