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Pledge “palestineblogs”

"I will not use Blogger.com, MySpace.com, Blog.com, Spaces.MSN.com and 360.yahoo.com but only if 5 other bloggers will urge them to immediately add 'Palestine' in their list of countries!."

— Haitham Sabbah, Palestine is not on Blogs Map!

Deadline to sign up by: 30th March 2006
73 people signed up (68 over target)

Country: Palestinian Territories

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Palestine is not in the country list!

I was astonished and disappointed when I didn't find my country, 'Palestine', listed in the list of countries when I was trying to update my profile in all of these services (but not limited to):

http://Blogger.com
http://spaces.msn.com
http://360.yahoo.com
http://MySpace.com
http://Blog.com

Palestinians live in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. But that does not mean that Palestine and Palestinians do not exist!

Do we know of Palestinian bloggers? Hardly any! Why? Because they can't identify themselves by country. Why not? Because these blogs services don't recognize Palestine in their country list!

Imagine you are a Palestinian blogger, and you have no choice to identify that you exist there because these blog's services don't list Palestine in their country list. Is that a denial of existence? Ignorance? Intentional or unintentional bias? We hope note. But then they should add Palestine in their country list, NOW!

Urge these blog services and all those you know of that don't list Palestine, to immediately add Palestine in their list of countries!

Send requests to:

Blogger.com Support: support@blogger.com
Blog.com Support: support@blog.com
Yahoo 360 Feedback: http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/360/cg...
Spaces.msn.com Form: http://support.msn.com/eform.aspx?produc...
Myspace.com Support: support@myspace.com

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  • There are alot of Palestinian bloggers, and we need the name of our identity to be recognized.

    Peace
  • What you can do next? You can invite as little as 5 more friends of yours to sign it. But the most important part is to send an email request asking the blog services to add 'Palestine' to their country list:

    Blogger.com Support: support@blogger.com
    Blog.com Support: support@blog.com
    Myspace.com Support: support@myspace.com
    Yahoo 360 Feedback: http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/360/cg...
    Spaces.msn.com Form: http://support.msn.com/eform.aspx?produc...

    Here is a copy of my email to them (feel free to use):

    ##########
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I've noticed that your services does not list 'Palestine' in the country list, where the blogger can select his country.
    Imagine you are a Palestinian blogger, and you have no choice to identify where you exist and live, because the blog engine that you are using does not identify Palestine in their country list. Is that a denial of existence? Ignorance? Intentional or unintentional bias? We hope note. But then, should 'Palestine' be added? Yes, very much!

    Therefore, I urge your respected service to list Palestine in the country list ASAP!

    Thanks for your understanding and quick action.
    ##########
  • Ashat Falasteen!
  • this is racism
    Tarek, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • its fixed now on Blog.com

    Hi,

    Sorry for the omission. It is now fixed.

    Kind regards,
    --
    Scott Campbell
    Blog.com Support
  • Blogger.com replied today :

    Hello,

    Thanks for your feedback in this matter. We are currently in the process
    of improving this aspect of Blogger Profiles to reach more of our users
    and to help people identify themselves and their locations the way they
    want to. We appreciate your patience as we work on this.

    Sincerely,
    Blogger Support
  • It may be worth pointing out that LiveJournal has support for Palestine and Palestinians, and has for years. They also have Palestinian communities, and full Arabic language support.

    See http://community.livejournal.com/free_pa...
    http://community.livejournal.com/arabic_...
    http://moomin13.livejournal.com/

    Many people in LiveJournal would welcome sharing thoughts and stories with additional Palestinian members, so feel free to give the site a try.
  • Hello,

    Someone has just left a comment on my blogs saying:

    +++++++++++
    myspace Says:

    February 13th, 2006 at 10:40 am

    The new myspace that is coming out will be indexing the blogs in Palestine they couldn’t alter the code with there current script so there is a better version of there site on another domain name starting march 1st it will be another social networking community site with alot more features. I guess to stay ahead of other sites coming out like myspace.com also i heard it will be called www.FriendWise.com i guess well just have to see if friendwise happens.
    +++++++++++

    http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2006/01/14...

    Now this I consider a little good news :-)


    Haitham Sabbah
  • any news with this info ?
  • Hi folks,

    Blogger's Profile Editor now has a "Palestinian Territory" item in the "Country/Territory" dropdown:

    http://www.blogger.com/edit-profile.g (while you're logged into Blogger)

    Thanks for your patience,
    -E
    Eric, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Just posted to Blogger Buzz about it:

    http://buzz.blogger.com/2006/03/updated-...

    Cheers,
    -E
    Eric, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Thanks Eric. You made my day :-)
  • This is gr8 !! happy 2 see that they answered and fixed the problem !!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Haitham Sabbah, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Samir M. Nassar
  • Curt Hopkins
  • Abdelstar alslimat
  • Khaled Elahmad
  • Darwish Naji
  • Jonathan Edelstein
  • Zaid Amireh
  • Mostafa Hussein
  • Sugar Cubes
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  • Ibrahim Owais
  • iDip
  • Ohoud
  • Farah Kinani
  • Eran Tal
  • Naseem Tarawnah
  • Ibahrine
  • Firas
  • Yahya
  • pcclmnd
  • samira
  • Mohamed Eldesoky
  • Yousef Ziad Shuwayhat
  • Lulu
  • Anis Balafrej
  • Amira Al Hussaini
  • Hugh Canavan
  • Iman
  • khadija
  • Mahmood Al-Yousif
  • Sami Masad
  • ali kayyali
  • sasa
  • cherynne carayan
  • sokari ekine
  • Omar Salaymeh
  • Sinan Hatahet
  • Tarek
  • Ayman Haykal
  • BuJ Al-Arab
  • Mohamed Marwen Meddah
  • Ayman Elkhidir
  • Eman
  • Mohab Elsangary
  • Mubashir
  • M Saleh EG
  • Fatimah J
  • Angelo Embuldeniya
  • kira ialongo
  • Hani Masoud
  • Jad madi
  • Ala'a A. Ibrahim
  • Masry-Wannabe
  • Mohsan
  • Muammar Kris Khaira
  • falasteenyia
  • umran amin
  • jamal
  • Fernanda
  • M Tahir
  • dave the rave
  • noor elkhaldi
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  • Sahar
  • abdullah O.
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