Why does America’s largest cell carrier call Israel ‘Palestine?’

When Mark Rosenblatt touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv April 5 and powered on his cell phone, he got the surprise of his mobile technology life.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading,

“Welcome to Palestine.”

“I did a double take,” said Rosenblatt, a high-tech consultant from Edgemont, N.Y. He had traveled to Israel to see his daughter, who is studying in a master’s degree program at Bar-Ilan University.

“I was shocked that an American company was falling into some BDS rhetoric,” Rosenblatt said.

According to the most recent study of the wireless market by the research firm Strategy Analytics, Verizon was America’s largest cell carrier at the end of 2016…. read more

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