When using Google’s mail and calender services in Israel, sometimes a few slightly odd things happen.
When using Gmail, the login screen changes to Hebrew without warning. I think this mainly happens when using Chrome. Quite a few people I know have switched from Firefox to Chrome, I haven’t done so because of this. Its mainly a problem for travelers to Israel with a laptop, and the browser finds your IP address is in Israel and pre-empts that you need Hebrew, which of course for people who don’t speak or aren’t very skilled in Hebrew this can be a problem trying to get it back to English! Also, as an IT system admin in the holyland I use the business version of Gmail (no complex nightmares of Exchange for me!) this happens when I create new email accounts for new members of staff, even though the Google control panel is configured for English.
Thus here above is a way to fix this if this happens to you. Of course, the icon layout is reversed, if you find your language changed to Arabic instead or some other language, you can probably ‘guess’ where the options to change the language is based on this:
Also, I have also had a case when using Google maps, I see Israel with no place names at all, but all the surrounding cities (Damascus, Beirut, Amman, etc) labeled in Arabic? I guess the maps are rendered according to preferred methods of a particular political viewpoint but sometimes it comes out wrong! Google has a big R&D facility in Tel Aviv and Haifa and I think their headquarters for the Arab market are in Dubai. Hope Google can fix these problems 🙂