The hypocrisy coursing through the following tale is so potent that one does not know whether to laugh with incredulity or weep with frustration:
Complaints by Israeli settlers angry at Facebook for listing them as residents of “Palestine” prompted the popular social networking Web site to allow users to switch their location back to Israel.
Facebook users living in Maaleh Adumim, Ariel and other large West Bank settlements protested when the site automatically listed their hometowns as being in “Palestine,” and a group of settlers had accused the California-based company of having a political agenda.
“I was surprised and disappointed to find that my hometown of Ariel is listed in Facebook as being part of a country called ‘Palestine,'” wrote Ari Zimmerman on Facebook. [Source]
I feel your pain, Ari, I really do.
As, I am sure, do the thousands upon thousands of Palestinians stripped of their country, and the children who now must learn from revamped history books in which their land is as real as Alice’s Wonderland.
Excuse me then, if the tears I wipe are less in disappointment and more in tragic mirth as your surprise and disappointment is registered and remedied against international law, and that of the West Bankers is discarded.