21st February 2006 - 05:34 AM
I see google is paying its respects to the big boss. Good for it.
15th August 2006 - 07:20 AM
Google's charter and spoken guiding principle is to do the right thing. So why is it setting up in apartheid Israel? Why are Serge and Larry breaking their promise? Are they turning into Zionists? I know there is a lot of pressure on them to setup in Israel, but under the current conditions and especially the recent actions of the racist regime, how could Google do such a thing? A state that has more U.N. violations than all other countries combined, one that is stealing water from the Palestinian lands with it's re-routed apartheid wall in Palestinian territories, should be enough for any decent company to boycott Israel. The Israeli claim of being a democracy is a simple lie. A democracy does not terrorize native inhabitants and forcibly expel civilian populations and not let them return to their homes and call that a democracy. This is what happened in 1948-9 when Jews owned 7% of the land. By 1954 they "owned" by expropriation 95% of the land. Ethnic cleansing is a state policy in Israel. The immoral majority in Israel supports overwhelmingly these and other ugly policies. If letting these refugees come home means “destroying” the Jewish State, and if preserving the Jewish State requires the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people, where is the moral justification for the existence of such a state?
Brin and Page should do the right thing and boycott such a travesty -- not encourage it.
19th October 2006 - 09:33 PM
I completely agree with you. Last summer I was in Israel AND in the ocupied Palestinian territories. (Most tourists come only to Israel and only see the friendly Israeli's, who are indeed very friendly). But what they dont see (like many Israelis themselves) is the ungoing suffering of the Palestinian people who are stuck between walls. Walls which devide Palestinians from Palestinians, farmers from theire land, pragnent and sick people from hospitals. Walls which do'nt simply form a border between the West-Bank and Israel, but litteraly steel the land from what is still left of the west bank.
Google should be really ashamed. I am not infavour to try to fight hate against the palestinians with hate against the israelis. But what we can do, just like during the South African Apartheid regime, is boycotting the aparheid regime in Israel. If you define yourself as a democracy, than give all people equall democratic rights, israeli's and palestinians alike.
8th March 2007 - 10:24 AM
Dear Deck, as much as I respect your opinion your are very far from the truth! First you should know that Israel provides electricity, water, work, health, industry knowledge and many other resources to Palestinians. Second, Palestinians had so many opportunities for peace but choose not to take them and to pursue terror instead. Finally, the problem of radical Islamic terror is not limited to Israel, many countries suffer and fight it - so I guess that Google should also close their branches in the US and Europe!!!
2nd August 2007 - 08:31 AM
Thank you, Israeli, for bringing forth a view less fanatical, uneducated and anti-Israel. Vic and his friend Derk are clearly misguided and have no actual knowledge of the history of the region. Nor do they seem to have any real understanding of what is happening there today. There is no point in dignifying their ignorant comments about water and walls and hospitals, since they are clearly clueless, and this is not place for an political debate. Google - like many other high-tech companies - comes to Israel because of the human resources (an over-abundance of experienced, computer-savvy folks) and tax benefits. I am sure qualified Palestinians will be hired, as well, providing they can take the time away from buying weapons and firing rockets at children to look towards their future.
19th September 2007 - 11:55 AM
Israel had HUGE internal arguments whether to build the wall, but we had terror attacks every few weeks, and my kids couldn't go out or get on a bus without fear. It's not like we built it for no reason. We were under attack for years by people led by leaders who won't recognize our State's existence and who wanted to eliminate it altogether.
We had terror attacks all the years BEFORE we ever occupied the "territories" (in 1967), how many people know that?. What was the issue then, with no occupation?
Why didn't the Arabs accept the division of the land in 1948 offered by the UN? Because they wanted the whole area back, the Jews out (back to Europe which was so kind to them in the Holocaust).
Israel has now pulled out of Gaza, also after huge internal discussion about whether to leave a multimillion dollar agricultural area ready for the Palestinians who worked there to take over and bring in some great money for their own people. (we had mixed opinions here about whether to leave it intact for them or to burn it all down, in the end we left it and their leaders promised it would not be destroyed; it was burnt down in about 24 hrs by the very people who could now profit from it!!! (well not by the people probably by extremists).
Even the Europeans have now demanded to see where all the millions they've poured into Gaza have gone, they have threatened to stop aid if no explanation is given.
The Palestinians are both patients and Doctors in our best hospitals. I have been treated many times by Palestinian Drs, and in this "apartheid" my own city of Jerusalem has Arabs and Jews mixing freely all over the city - but not in the all-arab areas, they have made their own apartheid there by simply being terrorist-led - instead of being led by their own moderates and progressives!
People don't know the facts of life here and see everything in a very simplistic way. Including our own extremists on the Arab and Jewish sides. People should try to learn both sides and reach intelligent conclusions.