Facebook angers Israeli over Palestine choice

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Jewish settlers are angry at Facebook as listing them as “Palestine”. This has been rectified as Facebook allowed them to switch themselves back to Israel, but have been accused of setting a political agenda.

Users living in Maale Adumim, Ariel and other large Jewish settlements in the West Bank were stated to have their country listed as “Palestine”, where Israel and the Palestinians are arguing over the land. Under any peace deals, Israel wants to hold onto the major settlements.

In an email sent to Reuters, Facebook’s Director of Communications Brandee Barker has said that users “in the Israeli West Bank settlements of Maale Adumim, Beitar Illit, and Ariel can now choose between Israel and Palestine.”

He also said that 18 West Bank settlements were currently listed and many will be added soon and will have the option to choose between Israel or Palestine.

However, not all people are happy with the decision; with Channah Lerman wrote on his Facebook page, “Be aware! Should you restore the cities of Judea, Samaria (West Bank)… people will get more enraged than they are already.”

As well, he is reported to dispute that Palestine is not a country.

Palestinians have also retaliated with their own group if their country is removed. The “If Palestine is removed from Facebook, I am closing my account,” has already 4,700 members.

Israel and Palestine are in conflict with each other, as both claim the land as theirs. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war, which includes Jerusalem – it’s capital.

Facebook, however, lists Jerusalem as part of Israel; but Palestinians wants the eastern part of Jerusalem to be its capital when they establish their own independence.

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