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Yahoo splits Jersulam into two

I was wondering when the uber left wing silicon valley tech companies were going to take a stand on Israel, because we all know that tech companies should have something to do with politics. I am not sure if Yahoo is the first to do this, but they are making a pretty big statement by splitting Jerusalem into East and West Jerusalem. Check out Rusty Brick for more info.

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  • Yochanan June 21, 2010, 2:51 AM

    I find it funny that many of the same people who accuse Israel of Apartheid want to divide Jerusalem in half. That would make it the second divided city in the world. The other is Nicosia, Cyprus.

  • Ari June 21, 2010, 6:28 AM

    This is old news. Yahoo changed it back to united Jerusalem. see here:

  • Avrumy June 21, 2010, 9:37 AM

    Yahoo reunited Jerusalem already. At least regarding their weather sites.

    And yes, the same Turkey that created this blockade busting boondoggle against Israel, is the same Turkey that INVADED Cyprus and DIVIDED that country into Greek and Turkish sections, destroying Greek sites in the new “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Did anyone notice? Does the world care??? No Jews were involved, so it doesn’t matter.

    • Frumsatire Fan June 21, 2010, 11:30 AM

      Definitely, it’s quite rich coming from a country with such a history of murdering Greeks, Armenians, etc. Although I suspect that the situation in Cyprus is more complicated, as the Greeks were no saints either and perhaps foreign intervention messed up things even more. There’s a really good book that describes a similar episode very well: Giles Milton, Paradise Lost, Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islam’s City of Tolerance (2008)

      • Mahla June 22, 2010, 10:37 AM

        Ooh, that book sounds interesting, Frumsatire Fan!

  • a frum yahoo June 21, 2010, 5:43 PM

    I happen to have access to the internal system where this matter was raised and resolved. I cannot speak on behalf of the companies involved – but I’ll share this perspective from what I can see on the inside. It was a technical glitch. The technical issue is subtle, since the problem was a result of a data change on Yahoo!’s end and what appears to be a coding error on Apple’s iPhone client (or if not error, an unexpected default value). The resulting “split” of J’lem (that caused all the blog posts) seems to have been unintended, and was resolved as soon as the data people were able to figure out why it was happening.

    I would have been quite disappointed had this been a political move (although I’m not sure what a company like Yahoo! or Apple would stand to gain by doing this — other than bad press). I read the press and blog coverage and wondered — did anyone actually ascertain facts before assuming the interpretation? obviously no. So I started to scan the internal logs to get facts, and I shared some tidbits of information in comments to the popular frum blogs (on VIN, YWN, HonestReporting, etc.) in order to indicate that perhaps, just perhaps, this was not a political statement, but a technical glitch and guess what? — none of my comments were accepted by the moderators on any of these sites. Seems to me that some frum bloggers are attracted to the idea that we should try to look victimized.

    The fact of the matter is that the bad press on the blogosphere was noticed internally — and the matter was giving very high priority and visibility. But in reality this was a phantom issue. Yahoo! did not try to make a big statement about the issue. If it was not for non-disclosure I’d blog all the details. I guess I’ll just ask that you and your readers trust me on this one.

  • Mahla June 22, 2010, 10:39 AM

    Be it a one-state solution, a two-state solution or pretty much ANY peaceful solution at all, if only Yahoo were ~really~ able to settle this matter with some type of computer glitch. :^(

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