In an effort to gain wider recognition and global attention, they are relying on Google to label them as a sovereign nation on their mapping software, Google Maps.
"Before the boom in mapping technology, we lived in despair and had little hope for the future. Being in a financially poor situation and having very little resources outside of spiritual belonging, we didn't possess a strong enough voice to be heard," said Ahmad Al-Samir, a shop owner living in the Gaza Strip.
"Now we have the potential to be on the world stage. If Google labels us as Palestine, we are that much closer to an end in this conflict. Google is the gold standard in internet search and their endorsement would be a real game-changer."
Since the recent outrage on social media, more people are looking to Google to lead the world in international affairs. With a potential audience of billions, even head of states are paying attention to their corporate affairs. Sources close to Google executives say officials on both sides of the issue have reached out in hope of persuasion with incentives only politicians could provide.
"In today's world we look to corporations for moral guidance. The alternative is relying on a democratic process that usually isn't as fair and balanced as theory suggests. CEOs must accept greater responsibility, and therefore power, in politics than ever before. Our future truly depends on them."