Wikipedia, an Islamist Hornet’s Nest

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


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Anti-Israel bias permeates Wikipedia. There is not one article involving Arab-Israeli issues that hasn’t been tainted and monopolized by Islamists. This is amply demonstrated by the Wikipedia article on Richard Goldstone, the mercenary apostate who authored the notorious Goldstone Report.

Attempts by various editors to introduce his dark past and close links to the racist apartheid regime in South Africa proved to be an exercise in futility. According to Israel’s largest daily, Yediot Achronot, while serving as an apartheid judge, Goldstone sentenced 28 blacks to death and four more to lashings. He upheld the detention of a 13-year old school boy accused of nothing more than engaging in non-violent dissent and acquitted four white police officers of burglarizing a white women’s home on suspicion that she was having relations with a non-white. At first, the Islamists attacked the source, calling it “unreliable,” but when the story was picked up by other publications, including Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, the Atlantic, and the Huffington Post, among others, they blocked the edit on some other bogus grounds.

The Battle of Deir Yassin is another good example of the Islamofacist influence on Wikipedia. By all accounts, the Battle of Deir Yassin was a hard-fought, grueling battle that pitted ill armed Jewish paramilitaries against entrenched, well armed Arab villagers, reinforced by Arab irregulars, and according to some, Iraqi military forces. During the course of combat operations, Jewish troops advanced under withering fire, and succeeded in taking the strategic village. Some Arab civilians (including women) were killed. However, according to several historians and researchers, this was due in part to the fact that Arab combatants disguised themselves as women (a common Islamist tactic). No credible historian disputes this narrative and it is a documented fact that is noted by a multiplicity of sources. However, the jihadists wouldn’t hear of it and precluded any mention of it in the body text. They also prevented changing the article’s title from “Deir Yassin Massacre” to the “Battle of Deir Yassin.” Some editors who advocated the insertion of neutral or balanced edits were actually blocked indefinitely or “topic banned.” In its current form, the Battle of Deir Yassin reads like a propaganda piece conjured up by Herr Gobbles himself.

Throughout Wikipedia, the Islamists and their Western enablers are winning by concealing Israeli perspectives while highlighting negative coverage. They are able to do so largely because they have the numbers (and patience) to drown out, shoot down, and quash all dissenting opinions, no matter how well-sourced. It is therefore incumbent on us to counter the Islamofacist influence on Wikipedia by opening up accounts and begin a campaign of productive editing. By doing so, we will contribute immeasurably to the Hasbara effort and counter the negative anti-Western influence that currently infects Wikipedia.

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and a former prosecutor. He lectures and writes on Israeli military matters.

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  • Foolster41

    This why I avoid wikipedia in most cases. There are a few non-political pages I read, but most of it's so full of blather.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like someone is biased in the other direction…

    • Hate zionists

      Hey Ari, ever heard of an insane jewish group called JIDF? :D

      You zionist troll.

      • Dan

        You need to adjust your skirt. Your RPG is showing.

  • Torben Snarup Hansen

    This is a challenge. Why not build an alternative? Thousands of concerned citizens all over the world will join in, if people like David Horowitz takes the initiative. Please go ahead!

    • teq

      There already is an pro-Westertern alternative. It's called Conservapedia and it's very fair and balanced with zero jihadi content. But even though it's been around for a few years, not many people even know it exists. We have to advertise it so that more people will consult it and contribute to it. Then it will grow and become competitive with Wiki. And the first step is to inform conservatives of its existence. When looking something up online, don't go to Wiki, go to Conservapedia and then link to the url whenever quoting it. The left has always been much better at self-promotion than the right but we have to catch up. http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

      • GeorgeRL

        Fair and balanced? Really? It doesn't even maintain that it is, it has a HEAVY Conservative bias.

        I will agree that Wikipedia has some left-leaning bias, but not to any huge extent. Conservapedia is so biased that its a joke resource, and the admins there only care about around 10 articles that they keep locked at all times, and the news page.

        Maybe I would take it more seriously if its most popular articles weren't all locked, written by one person (check out the edit history of, say, evolution), and filled with crap.

        Stick with wikipedia.

        • Funkmaster Chris

          George RL- did you read the article? Go ahead, stick with Wikipedia, and stick to being stuoid.

          • GeorgeRL

            My point is there is nothing correct about the wiki. Wikipedia has its problems, yeah, but Conservapedia just amplifies them in the other direction. All the major articles are written by the admins and are locked under cover, the admin "conservative" has been the sole editor for at least 3 or 4 of their biggest articles.

            Its not even a wiki. Only the select few can edit it.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/aspacia aspacia

        Teq, the conservapedia is as crappy as Wiki.. It reads like an Islam foreknowledge of science before the scientists knew.

      • lovezion

        Thanks so much for the alternative to filthy muslim wikipedia! I'll see to it that all my friends know this. I had never heard about it. Thanks again!

  • tfeeney

    thank you for this article! the islamists have also taken over the Twilight articles. Its insane!!

  • Judy

    I only became aware of this trend over the last few weeks, hate mongers are certainly enjoying the chance to participate with zeal in anti semitism cloaked in anti zionism.

  • Christopher Herman

    Wikipedia is good for some things, or a quick overview. You would want to use it as a starting point, never an ending one. The fact that it is freely edited is both its strength and weakness. If there is a particular subject that one feels Wikipedia has systematic bias about, one can start one's own Wiki about that subject.

  • andres de alamaya

    You hit the nail on the head. But I see a day coming when the meek will become outraged tigers and there will be a huge bloodbath in the free world.

  • sflbib

    Anyone [even a Martian] with a map of the world can look at it and immediately see that such a tiny country as Israel [with no oil], surrounded by large countries comprising a landmass from the Atlantic to the South Pacific [with lots of oil] couldn't possibly be guilty of all the crimes against humanity it is accused of. It's sorta like a neighborhood gang complaining about honest people.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GOP_Sucks GOP_Sucks

    The "REAL PROBLEM" is is that the likes of FPM or any of the nazi- media can't manipulate or intimidate the everyday contributer to Wikipedia like they did to Helen Thomas.
    THAT'S THE TRUTH!!!!!
    That makes Wikipedia one of the most trustful and popular sources of information. On a global level, most people that know how to use a computer, log-on, surf the internet, and able to decipher right from wrong understand this. It is the fanatical right wing Jews that are cozying up to the GOP slime dog greedy ones that are a threat to the rest of the Jewish community just as they were pre WW2 in Nazi Germany. They cause a dangerous consensus against everyday Jews by spewing hatred and distrust with their outright lies and distortions. Someday they will tilt the hatred just enough for a future Hitler to come in and to wipe hundreds or millions of innocent Jews for the sake of making a few more powerful and rich!!!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/aspacia aspacia

      So much for objective facts. Ever tried making a valid claim instead fallacious ad hominem attacks.

      Fact is you suck.

    • Grantman

      The meds must be out of date, eh? Better get a refill before you hurt yourself. Oh, and better not drive, either.

    • ajnn

      Classic jew-hatred – "It is the fault of the Jews that Hitler killed so many".

      This person writes, "They cause a dangerous consensus against everyday Jews" and "they will tilt the hatred just enough for a future Hitler to come in and to wipe hundreds or millions of innocent Jews for the sake of making a few more powerful and rich!!! "

  • Lets be honest

    Wikipedia does have a political left wing bias that is not limited to Arab-Israeli issues. Whats worse, and no surprise, is that google and bing promote this garbage. Liberals like to lie (mainly speak in half truths for better deception) and revise history, but that will never change the truth or the facts! 2 + 2 will always = 4. Homosexuality is a sexual perversion not a civil right. Abortion is killing a baby, not a "reproductive health issue"! Etc…

    Liberals and left wing organizations never say what they mean or mean what they say. They are always trying to redefine their poison into something that is palatable.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/aspacia aspacia

      The ancients often were bisexual and men usually preferred emotional relationships with other men because women were seen as inferior. Julius Caesar was known as every man's wife, and every woman's husband. Brilliant military mind. Abortion is a woman's right to control her body.

      BTW: the liberals are trying to rewrite history. There is a Texas lawsuit regarding this issue.

      You language is ammunition for the left to use against conservatives.

      A Deist, Feminist, Goy, Zionist.
      Just so you do not mislabel me as you mislabel others.

      • William_Z

        And Rome and the ancients are gone.

  • Sammy Finkelman

    What happens in Wikipedia is that articles get Articles get "owned" or perhaps "captured" by people. What you can do is write totally new articles about somewhat related subjects and get a number of people involved early so it doesn't get captured by islamists but you own it.

    You might start with some really neutral subjects to build experience. I would start articles that did not mention any keywords likely to attract attention. Once the article was well established then you could mention some other things in it that might turn up in searches.

    So you can't do an article about Deir Yassin. Do an arrticle about the Irgun, about Menachem Begin. the Irgun article may also be somewhat captured. Do an article about the fight between the Irgun and Ben gurion and get it established then link to it from another article

  • Sammy Finkelman

    The problems with the Goldstone report don't stem from anything wrong with the background of Richard Goldstone. It may be somewhat irrelevant. It has been made an issue. Goldstone says he did what was required under the law and admits under a more just system a lot of these people would not have been sentenced to death. that, but mostly from ignoring some questions, such as who started the war, or Hamas war crimes, which were almost ignored – and to the UN, but nobody else – Hamas claimed they were aiming at military targets- , which is not irrelevant, treating some things said to them credibly that shouldn't be, setting up standards of law that are debatable, and non-co-operation. Also the worst adverse inferences (from a not so much moral as legal standpoint) were drawn as to the reasons some places were targeted. Goldstone actually though probably stopped worse things from being said.

    • Sammy Finkelman

      I meant to say, but [the problems with the Goldstone report come from] mostly from ignoring some questions, such as who started the war, or Hamas war crimes, which were almost ignored…etc

  • Sammy Finkelman

    What you said about Deir Yassin isn't quite right. The Arab propaganda isn't right either.

    The village was occupied by Iraqi troops. Arab propaganda tends to ignore and hide who was fighting. People got killed because the Irgun fighters thought every ordinary person had left and they threw grenades into places where they thought soldiers and others were hiding. Charges of a massacre began early and they tended to be echoed by the Israeli government. Menachem Begin once wrote that they first denied it, but when they saw the Arabs were afraid of them, because of this propaganda, and people began fleeing, they started saying it themselves. (It was a military tactic during that war to try to empty villages of their population prior to any assault. )

    The story of a massacre wasn't true. They had not deliberately killed noncombatants. This has little to do with people wearing women's clothing. They threw grenades into places where they didn't see people.

  • shlomo

    Gee I've unwittingly stumbled into a charnel house full of psychopathic supremacist judaics that have lost all touch with the nightmare that they have spawned in apartheid amerika. Let's hope the Goyim sheeple and tax cattle wake up soon and lock these loonies up in an asylum where they belong.

    • JoaoAlfaiate

      I once thought that Holocaust deniers were the only real nut cases when it came to absurd historical revisionism. As you observe many posters here are just as whacky!

    • kafir4life

      And a hearty allahu snackbar to you too!! Where this weekend only, pork rinds are buy one, get one half off. Are you one o' them mad mo the pedophile rapist following cultists? The ones who read the terror guide the koran that was shat from the anal glands of said mad mo? That you, pal(i)?

      • buffman

        Eat pig shyte and die Mohammedan.

  • http://encyc.org Auggie

    Wikipedia is pretty much the only show in town, but it doesn't have to be that way. Encyc is an alternative online encyclopedia that is friendly towards Israel.

    Conservapedia is another good choice but I can see how some people might be put off by its stand on various social and scientific issues.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/rturpin rturpin

    As a test of whether Wikipedia is Islamist or Ari Lieberman perhaps is biased with respect to Israel, I decided to take Israel out of the equation, and see what Wikipedia says about Saudi Arabia. Here is its article on human rights there:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saud

    • A visitor

      This what many good falks have erroneously done long before you. Did it occur to you that, once you take out the fact that Hitler and Japan started WWII, the Holoacust of Jews and Roma, the opression of the Church, a very pretty picture emerges: Hitler had full employmentt, build the famous autobans, elimination the recession (which was Great Depression in the U.S.) and inflation…
      By the same logic, if you eliminated the fact that a serial killer murdered people, you also get a pretty picture: he was a devoted son, a respected engineer, etc.
      In your pursuit of logic you make a serious, but coommon, error: one is judged not only by his achievements but also how low he fals. We disregard Hitler's achievements precisely because they are made irrelevant by how low he fell. Of what relevance, then, is the fact that SOME pages on Wikipedia are unbiased?

      Now, go ask your college professors why they never told you about the criteria one applies in pursuit of truth? It's because of good but unaware people like you — people who do nothing — that Islamofascists take over — the Unated Nations, Europe, Wikipedia, and everything else. But don't let it disturb your good night sleep.

  • Rasmus

    Great article!
    I went and read about Goldstone in wikipedia – it is such fun…like reading about Marx in Pravda! Do it for the laugh!
    The skills it must take to get that many compliments and excuses into virtually every sentence! This is moral philosophy at it's very lowest..

  • lovezion

    Enoughh of words!!! Let's DO something for a change? See this:

    YOUNG/HEALTHY/STRONG JEWS AND SYMPATHIZERS OF THE WORLD: STOP WHINING OR CRITICIZING ISRAEL – NO GOVERNMENT WILL HELPS US. NO ANTISEMITES EVER CHANGE. LEAVE YOUR ROTTEN COUNTRIES AND GO TO ISRAEL TO STAY AND PROCREATE IN ABUNDANCE, NONSTOP. GO FIGHT FIERCELY AS NEVER BEFORE. EMPOWER ISRAEL TO REGAIN ITS RIGHTFULLY-WON TERRITORIES AND CONQUER MORE! ISRAEL NEEDS NOT ONLY TO EXIST BUT TO PREVAIL IN FULL FORCE INCREASING POWER CONTINUALLY TO ASSURE NOT BEING ATTACKED BY ANYONE!!! ISRAEL NEEDS YOU AND YOU NEED ISRAEL, WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT YOU, YOUNG AND HEALTHY YIDS, GO AND HELP IT NOW! HOW ELSE DID AMERICA BECOME GREAT? THOSE THINKING WE CAN CHANGE EVIL… ARE NAIVE AT BEST (I CALL THEM DANGEROUS STUPID IDIOTS!!!

  • Sadie

    @rturpin

    Try to do an independent search of wiki, owner and independent information about same.

  • auntieizlam

    Thanks to the author for verifying something I've known for a long time but no one believed.

    After accessing a few of the contentious articles last year it became very apparent to me that there was a concerted effort by islamists to taint the information.

    The islamists also have well formed groups who monitor and participate in the comment sections of the news sites and target anyone who might be too well informed and a threat to their cause. I experienced them first hand.

    Make no mistake, there are groups of well paid islamists whose job it is to further the cause of the ummah EVERYWHERE on the net and in public.

    Their lies have tainted everything and most people are too naive , gullible or stupid to realize it.

  • Sadie

    "….most people are too naive , gullible or stupid to realize it.".

    You are certainly spot on and a good deal of them are working in Congress, the Senate and national newsprint and media.

  • alexander

    I have found the same thing. Wikipedia talks about the Ottoman "devshirme" (kidnapping of every fifth Christian boy to be raised as a Muslim slave army). Wiki makes it sound as though it were a good thing. Nothing about how Christian families ran for the hills, converted to Islam, or circumcized their boys and gave them muslim names so they could "pass" as muslims and avoid this fate. Only the smartest and strongest boys were taken, parents killed if they resisted.
    The word devshirme, by the way, means "harvest." Shudder…

  • http://biblicalgeology.net TWalker

    I can appreciate what is happening concerning this issue on Wikipedia. The same thing applies on the issue of creation/evolution. It is another huge battlefield where problems with evolution are suppressed and evidence for creation is censored out.

  • Sammy Finkelman

    There is a Wikipedia WikiProject Israel at
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjec

    It is called "a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Israel on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks."

  • auntieizlam

    All the posts that support the author have gone from a few thumbs up a day or so ago to thumbs down or zero now.

    It proves the point about organized groups of islamists roaming the news boards and the net.

    They've succeeded in making the author's point. Thank you.

  • Zvi

    Wonderful. He is right on the Money.
    The new war is the Tech War. Where every thing can go Viral. Where,especially, the younger Generations (and pretty much anyone who uses the internet) considers Wikipedia as the Bible for finding out every thing about anything. It is considered by so many as the last word and "gospel" truth. The fact, as so ably illustrated by the author, that Wikipedia, as useful tool as it is, can be manipulated to destructive ends.

  • http://wikipediaisbiased.blogspot.com W.B.

    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. Harassing users "not in line."

  • http://wikipediaisbiased.blogspot.com W.B.

    (Part 3 of Wikipedia bias vis-a-vis Israel)


    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 harassed under banner of "disruption."
    "Accusation" of someone as a sockpuppet if it's by anti-Israel Islamists its considered in a serious manner, carefully investigated and blocking occurs even without definite evidence, when such an accuation is being presented by the other side it's rejected as an outright "bad faith," and never investigated.

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  • Margaret thompson

    Revolting It will come to pass where the world will suffer under this form of hatret!

  • Tom

    Kill yourself loser