Google places Israeli towns in Jordan

img388670Residents of the Etzion Bloc, south of Jerusalem, angered as Google search places them in Jordan.
By Gil Ronen
Where is Kibbutz Kfar Etzion located? Ask its residents and they will tell you that it is in the Etzion Bloc (Gush Etzion), south of Jerusalem, which was captured by Jordan in 1948 but liberated by Israel in 1967.

The Google search engine seems to think otherwise, however, and this is making some residents upset.

Some Israeli web surfers recently looked up information about religious Zionist settlement pioneer Rabbi Hanan Porat, as the second anniversary of his death is approaching. Besides a list of entries concerning Porat, the search results also yielded a concentrated summary of information about Porat next to his picture. The summary said that he died on October 4, 2011, at “Kfar Etzion, Jordan.” This is not the first clash between Gush Etzion and Google. Several months ago, residents of the Bloc who were surfing the internet were surprised by Hebrew messages from Google that suggested they use the Palestinian Authority Google site,, instead of the Israeli

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