Palestinians Get Their Own Google Domain

Company said will eventually give Palestinian users access to more local content.

Google on Thursday unveiled, a new Web domain for residents of the Palestinian territories, Ma'an news agency reported.

"Arabic-speaking users in the Palestinian territories have had to visit foreign domains in order to search in Arabic," Ma'an quoted the company saying in a statement, noting that the new URL would be designed for Palestine-specific search results.

The domain will not serve residents of East Jerusalem.

Starting Thursday, new searches will automatically redirect to the .ps domain, at which the user can select Arabic or English, but that "any user can type in any Google domain they prefer to go," Ma'an quoted the company saying.

"The new domain will give Arabic-speaking users in the Palestinian territories, who use Palestinian ISPs, access to Google in Arabic and eventually, access to more locally relevant content," the company added.

Google said the launch of brings the total number of Google domains worldwide to more than 160.