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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:24 AM
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Facebook faces Arab boycott for putting the Golan Heights in Israel
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/6196827/...

Facebook incensed the Syrian government after it succumbed to a campaign of pressure mounted by Jewish settlers in the Golan and a pro-Israel lobby group to change the designation of the contested region.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967 and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically important territory ever since.

Until last week, Facebook followed the lead of the United Nations, Britain, the United States and the European Union, which all regard the Golan Heights as occupied territory. As a result, Facebook members in Israeli-controlled parts of the Golan found that they were automatically designated as residents of Syria when they submitted biographical details to their profiles. That automatic designation angered Jewish settlers in the region who use the website and they set up a protest group entitled "Facebook, Golan residents live in Israel, not Syria," which attracted over 2,500 members.

The protest was spearheaded by Honest Reporting, a watchdog which monitors the media for what it considers to be biased reporting against Israel. The campaign proved a success and since last week residents of the largely Jewish settlements and towns of the Golan are now automatically designated as residents of Israel.
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votingupstart Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:04 AM
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1. meh........ somebody dosent like someone else on the internet nt

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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:49 AM
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2. Double meh!
I know, that's why this story is here and not in the main forums.
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