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Hackers deface Google Palestine, demand Israel removed from maps

Published time: August 27, 2013 16:36

Google’s local Palestine domain was defaced by hacker-activists, with its homepage being replaced with a message calling for the removal of “Israel” from Google Maps and its being renamed “Palestine.” – which has since returned to its usual look – was reportedly suspended Tuesday following the attack.

Earlier, at the defaced website, renamed by hackers “Google Owned,” their statement was posted, reading: “uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine”. (Original spelling preserved.)

The hackers also posted a Google Map image that showed Israeli borders, the West Bank and Gaza, but does not outline Palestinian territory. It was not entirely clear why, given that Google had created a domain for Palestine in 2009.

The screenshot was accompanied with the following: “#Question : what would happens if we changed the country title of Isreal to Palestine in google maps !!! it would be revolution.

So Listen to rihanna and be cool :P,” concluded the hackers, who signed their statement as users Dod, Hij@ker, alzher, Mr_AnarShi-T, and toxico-dz.

Google officials said that their own servers were not hacked. Instead, Google’s Palestinian domain was hijacked, redirecting web-surfers to another Internet site.

There was an issue with the DNS registry in Palestine. As a result, some users going to and a few other web addresses were redirected to a different website. This issue appears to be resolved,” Al Arabiya quoted Ramy Kandil, Google’s public relations executive in the Middle East and North Africa, as saying.

According to ZDNet, after the successful DNS hijacking attempt, the search engine’s home page was redirected to a Morocco-based server. The tech news outlet also stated that they checked the Palestinian top-level domain provider with the WHOIS service and it confirmed that remained under the ownership of Google US in Mountain View, California.

In May, Google stirred controversy when it changed the regional search page name from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” The move was condemned by Israeli officials.

Last November, the UN General Assembly upgraded the status of its Palestinian mission to that of “non-member observer state.

Comments (14)


Z Aquarius 25.10.2013 20:34

Yes - Palestine. May as well remove anything Israeli since anything Israeli will disappear soon anyway.


Muhammad Abbass 29.08.2013 02:14

zan-tak 27.08.2013 23:35

Arabs and Jews are both racially Semitic peoples. So it's like an endless feud between two brothers. Maybe don't call it Palestine or Israel. Call the land Semitia. It could be more unifying. Make them reconcile. It's ridiculous they can't live together.


Modern "Jews" are mostly Ashkenazi and any actual Hebrew DNA will be found within the native Palestinian population. Khazars who are the ancestors of modern Jews are converts from around 600 years ago and come from Eastern Europe. Many Israelis migrated directly from their real homeland in Eastern Europe.


Muhammad Abbass 29.08.2013 02:07

Hassan Siddiqui 28.08.2013 11:49

If back in whatever year Before Christ it belonged to the Jews, then its fair to rename "America" to what the Red Indians, who were slaughtered, butchered, called it before


Brother don't forget the land was called Palestine FIRST, it was only called israel in the ancient history for a mere 76 years. It was the name given it by Hebrew occupiers and the name reverted to Palestine / Filistine again afterwards. The Ottomans occupied Palestine for 500 YEARS! They didn't it's name, or claim special rights to it either.

The modern "Jews" are not even Israelites

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