G.ho.st. bridges cultural gap with joint Israeli-Palestinian web company

Monday, June 02, 2008 |  staff writer

In a new venture to unite Israelis and Palestinians, G.ho.st. is bridging the cultural gap through a technological initiative. G.ho.st is a web-based virtual computer that allows computer users on both sides divide to access each other’s desktop and files using only an Internet connection. G.ho.st stands for Global Hosted Operating System.

Zvi Schreiber, the company’s British-born Israeli chief executive, who built two start-ups wanted to create G.ho.st after seeing how software runs on the Web.

“I felt the ultimate goal was to offer every human being a computing environment which is free, and which is not tied to any physical hardware but exists on the Web,” he said.

Schreiber also thought it may have been difficult crossing two cultural barriers, but soon found out it wasn’t.

“We are doing something across cultures and across two sides of a tough conflict,” he said.

The Palestinian office in Ramallah has about 35 software developers who are responsible for most of the research and programming. A smaller Israeli team works about 13 miles away in the Israeli town of Modiin.

G.ho.st wants to establish community computer centers in Ramallah and in mixed Jewish and Arab towns in Israel. The foundation is headed by Noa Rothman, the granddaughter of former Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

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