Palestine Is Now Recognized by Google Tag changes from 'Palestinian territories' By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 4, 2013 12:48 PM CDT 25 comments Comments Google's Palestinian page looks a little different. (Google) (Newser) – The UN recognized the state of Palestine last year, but there's probably some Palestinians who think this latest convert might be more influential: Google. The BBC notes that the search engine has changed the tag on the home page of its Palestinian edition to read "Palestine" instead of "Palestinian Territories." The change went into effect at the start of this month, and a company spokesman cites the UN precedent, adding that Google consults "a number of sources and authorities when naming countries." The Palestinian Authority is thrilled because "this means putting Palestine on the virtual map as well as on the geographic maps," says a spokesman.