Thursday, August 13

Google launches Palestine-specific web domain

Google unveiled its newest URL on Thursday,, a specific domain for residents of the occupied Palestinian territories, with the exception of East Jerusalem, (what role did Israsel play in that)?

"The new domain will give Arabic-speaking users in the Palestinian Territories, who use Palestinian ISPs, access to Google in Arabic and eventually, access to more locally relevant content," the company said on its Arabia blog.

Aside from East Jerusalem, which falls under de facto Israeli authority, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have generally relied on, Jordan's domain, and Egypt's, respectively.

"Arabic-speaking users in the Palestinian Territories have had to visit foreign domains in order to search in Arabic," the company added, noting that the new URL would be designed for Palestine-specific search results.

Google said that starting Thursday, new searches would automatically redirect to the .ps domain, at which the user can select Arabic or English, but that "any user can type in any Google domain they prefer to go."

"With the launch of, we bring the total number of Google domains worldwide to more than 160," the blog post added, on the same day Google said it would launch more domains in Africa, as well.

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