Facebook Redraws Israel's Borders

New advertising settings place Judea-Samaria, parts of Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights as 'outside Israel,' according to Israeli media.

Tova Dvorin ,

Facebook (illustrative)
Facebook (illustrative)

Facebook not only considers Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but also parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as outside of Israel, according to exposé published Sunday. 

The social network updated its advertising system recently allowing editors of popular pages the chance to gear their posts toward a specific geographical location.

However, a great deal of the State of Israel is not considered within Israel's borders, according to Channel 2. 

Areas within the desired country are usually shown 'highlighted', whereas areas outside that country's borders are greyed out, they explained. 

Channel 2 tested the new system to aim posts in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, for example, and saw that the rest of the State of Israel became automatically "greyed out." The same happened during any attempt to aim posts toward areas over 1949 Armistice lines or in the Golan Heights. 

The news site notes that, as of right now, the posting system merely becomes burdensome; whereas choosing "Israel" should aim the posts to all of the State of Israel automatically, separate settings are required to specify areas Facebook apparently deems as outside its borders. 

Facebook did not respond to the channel's requests for comment.