Saturday, August 21, 2010


Israelis editing Wikipedia

Ha’aretz has noticed the need for more knowledgeable editors to work on Israel-related articles. They cite edit wars over whether the demonstrations against the security barrier at Bil’in should be described as “violent” and whether the Ariel University Center should be described as “the largest public college in Israel” or “the largest Israeli public college?” Or, at least, Ha’aretz has noticed that “the Israeli right” has noticed the need for better editing.

Arutz Sheva has the story, as does the New York Times. There is even a Youtube video.

Even The Guardian has the story, pointing out that the status of Jerusalem is “constantly altered” on Wikipedia. Is it or is it not the capital of Israel? (The best NPOV answer I have seen is that it is the de-facto capital of Israel. While I personally consider it the capital of Israel, the status is often challenged and showing both sides, as has been done in the past, is the only correct option for Wikipedia.)

According to The Guardian, “The organisiers of the Wikipedia courses are already planning a competition to find the “Best Zionist editor,” with a prize of a hot-air balloon trip over Israel.”

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1 comment:

Nobody's Favorite said...

I posted this wholesale. Hope the authors don't mind. But this is a very interesting site. It is imperative that the Israel POV is not edited out of Wikipedia by the Jihadists there, the known dozen or more that were once a part of "Wikipedians for Palestine" and underground group of Wikipedia editors that have never ever been rooted out!