October 29, 2007

Google maps: No info for Israel

A tipster to Newsbusters shares the following info: A search of Google maps under "Israel" reveals a map that is completely devoid of any detail. Yet, neighboring Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and even Turkey all have cities and roads noted.

What's the deal? The tipster hasn't received a reply from Google about it.

Posted by Hube at October 29, 2007 03:22 PM | TrackBack

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Damn, I'madinnerjacket got his way and wiped Israel off the map!

Posted by: Alan Coffey at October 29, 2007 03:37 PM

Maybe it has something to do with this?
http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2007/10/using-google-earth-to-target-for-terror.html
Although I doubt Google would respond so quickly. They seem to tilt far to the left in their politics (see their refusal to put up a commemorative Google logo for Memorial Day or 9/11).

Posted by: Jon at October 29, 2007 05:31 PM

Thanks for that, Jon. That sure sounds like a plausible reason.

Posted by: Hube at October 29, 2007 05:35 PM

I'm with Jon, too.

When you visit Israel, you can go to the Government Survey office and buy some really nice detailed maps of the country. My father wondered if it was such a bright idea to make all that information available. (terrain, altitudes etc.) Last week's news suggested that my father's concerns were not idle ones.

Posted by: soccer dad at October 30, 2007 10:49 AM

Google has also said they comply with any requests from nations to block part or whole maps of the country. Oddly enough, North Korea is not blocked because they don't talk to anyone. Google users have found some very interesting things (like "hidden" airbases) all over that place.

Posted by: Duffy at October 30, 2007 11:38 AM

fixed at last
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=israel

Posted by: kt at September 3, 2008 11:28 AM