Reuven Rivlin – Born in ‘Palestine’?

President Reuven Rivlin was born on September 9, 1939, in Jerusalem. 

However, according to the Google search engine, the tenth president of the State of Israel was born in "Palestine."

The Mayor of Ra'anana, Ze'ev Bielski, made the shocking discovery.  

"While working on a speech for the arrival of President to Ra'anana, and I typed his name into Google in English, and then we were amazed to see that says he was born in Jerusalem – in the Palestinian state," Bielski stated to Yediot Aharonot on Friday.

"At first I did not believe it," he said. "Reuven Rivlin is an Israeli symbol. But as we continued, we found that even when writing my name in Google says that I was born in Palestine, as stated as well regarding the famous actress Natalie Portman – although she was [also] born in Jerusalem. "

Bielski also found that if you type the names of prominent Israelis in English, Google's search engine will sometimes say that they were born in the "state of Palestine."

If the person was born abroad and died in Israel, Google did not write that he died in Israel, but mention only the name of the city where he died. For example, the search engine says that David Ben-Gurion was born in Plonsk, Poland, and died in Ramat Gan – sans country.

"I very much hope that this is human error and not a deliberate attempt to 'hide' Israel and its capital Jerusalem," he fired. 

The President's Residence in Jerusalem stated that it has turned to Google – which, after all, has a Tel Aviv office, to clarify the matter.

This is not the first time that Google has leaned toward labelling parts of Israel as "Palestine."

When using Google Maps in Israeli cities in Judea-Samaria, for example, certain addresses will be provided in Arabic – despite the fact that several cities have few, or no, Arab residents. 

Directions from an Ariel street address to a Jerusalem mall. Note that Ariel's address is in Arabic Google Maps/Screenshot 


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