THE PROBLEM WITH WIKIPEDIABIAS

THE PROBLEM WITH WIKIPEDIABIAS VIS-A-VIS ISRAEL

HOW IT “WORKS”

1) OUTNUMBERED

There’s usually a 2 to 1 (or wider) ratio, when trying to defend the non-Palestinian version.

2) NON-STOP ORGANIZED

The anti-Israel wikipedians act 24 hrs non-stop, well organized and work in team (though one or two are using “sock puppets” when needed), tag-teams, suggesting organizations and financial backing.

This lobby works mainly in: Edit wars, relentless reverting edits they dislike, pushing to delete any article that is not in their line. Lobbying administrators to back them up. Coordinating action against users “not in line.”

3) AGGRESSIVE AND RADICAL

The (POV – point of view pushing) line these anti-Israel users adopted is hard-line Islamist.

4) WHAT IS A RELIABLE SOURCE? AND ‘YOU ARE A SOCK – BLOCKED!’

One of the main “leaders” in the anti-Israel Arab-Islamic “mob” has introduced and dictates a line whereby any non-lefty Israel source is branded as unreliable and whoever comes fresh to wikipedia and tries to defend the non-anti-Israel-line “must” be a “sockpuppet” of someone else, and pushes administrators to block him/her based on this pseudo notion and “evidence.”

5) TERRORIZING

The terrorizing mentality by some Islamists in real life does not escape Wikipedia, once an editor makes edit/s “not in line” they are after him/her, harassing, keeping reverting his edits, even when unrelated to Israel.

6) WHERE THE BIAS – SCREAMS

Double standard!

Anti-Israel editors are allowed to edit war as much as they wish, the other side is being curtailed under banner of “disruption.”

“Accusation” of someone as a sockpuppet, if it’s by the anti-Israel “activists,” its considered in a serious manner, carefully investigated and blocking occurs even without definite evidence (without technical proof), as it’s usually considered a “given / fact,” when such an accusation -however- is being presented by the other side, it’s rejected in speed, as an outright “bad faith,” and never investigated.

Related:

Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on Wikipedia
By HAVIV RETTIG GUR
05/16/2010 03:54
Editors fight against anti-Israel ‘mobs.’
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=175660

Published 01:53 04.05.09
Latest update 08:14 04.05.09
Wikipedia editors: Coverage of Israel ‘problematic’
Editors say world’s fourth most-popular Web site presents problematic views on Hamas, Iran, Holocaust denial.

Wikipedia’s coverage of Israel-related issues is “problematic,” leading Israeli internet researchers claimed Sunday at the Wikipedia Academy 2009 Conference dealing with the world’s largest encyclopedia. The conference was organized by Wikimedia’s volunteer-based Israel chapter and Tel Aviv University’s Netvision Institute for Internet Studies. However, the Web site’s leading manager said it merely reflected public discourse.

In demonstrating what he defined as problems, Eli Hacohen, the Institute’s director, showed how Hamas is not defined as a terrorist organization in the first paragraph describing the organization on the English site of the reader-edited online encyclopedia, which is the world’s fourth most popular Web site.

Hacohen also documented his attempts to define Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a Holocaust-denier. Each time he included his remarks on Wikipedia, users and editors removed the reference – despite Ahmadinejad’s frequent and public Holocaust denials.

On a related entry, Hacohen also noted that Wikipedia defines David Irving – a known Holocaust denier – as a historian, although his credentials are recognized by no one but himself. Furthermore, the Wikipedia entry on January’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza describes it as an “intense bombardment” by Israel on a civilian population.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/wikipedia-editors-coverage-of-israel-problematic-1.275285

Maariv in Hebrew
http://www.nrg.co.il/online/16/ART2/107/130.html

(Translate via Google):

New Historians: Wikipedia history distorted

קומץ פעילי ויקיפדיה אנטי ישראלים, שלמדו היטב את השיטה, משכתב את ההיסטוריה באנציקלופדיה הפופולרית. A handful of anti-Israel activists Wikipedia, learned well the system, rewriting the history of the popular encyclopedia. ישראל מפקירה את הזירה ומפסידה בעוד מערכה במלחמת ההסברה Israel is abandoning the arena is losing public relations war in campaign

05-15-2010
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=he&u=http://www.nrg.co.il/online/16/ART2/107/130.html&ei=fkvATIT6H8uUnAflqsDnCQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CDYQ7gEwCA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dsi%2Bte%2Bvas%2Bhoy%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4ACAW_enUS389US389%26prmd%3Div

The Bias of Wikipedia – Op-Eds – Israel National News

by Ari Lieberman

Published: 07/23/10, 10:21 AM
Read this and check for yourself. If you agree, do something.

There is not one article involving Arab-Israeli issues that hasn’t been tainted and monopolized by Islamists
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9628

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