|Golden Rule Thinking|
Anne Selden Annab
Sam Jadallah: Netanyahu's Silicon Valley visit a lost opportunity
Silicon Valley, to my mind, is about equality, empowerment and equal access. Consequently, it's been very disturbing to see technology companies such as Apple and WhatsApp meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while disregarding that his country treats its non-Jewish population like second-class citizens and implements harsh military rule on Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.
If Apple CEO Tim Cook were a Palestinian living in Ramallah, he would not be able to use any iPhone applications, including WhatsApp, on the local cell network. Globally, over 2 billion people have 3G access, including Israeli settlers living in the West Bank, but Palestinians are prohibited by Israeli military dictate.
If I want to Skype with a relative, it costs 25 cents per minute, but calling a nearby Israeli settler is only 2.3 cents per minute.
Want to live tweet an event? Forget about it. In the West Bank, only Israeli settlers have that privilege.
Starting a company is no easy task for Palestinians. Mobile entrepreneurs? Try building a mobile startup without 3G...READ MORE
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