Thanks to the paranoia of certain editors, we will now be a lot more private with our Wikipedia concerns. (We will also be a lot more effective this way.)
Wikipedia is one of the worst places on the web. It is full of antsemities, anti-Zionists, and extreme leftists (what's the difference?) They edit the articles you may read there. On Wikipedia, you'll be lucky if you learn that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organizations. You'll be lucky if you walk away from Wikipedia not thinking that Israel is some apartheid regime which is guilty of thousands of war crimes. You'll be lucky if you last long there if you are the slightest bit of a proud Jew, or if you are at all "pro-Israel" (of course without having to suck it up and let the Jew haters win, to some extent....)
Most of the folks active in editing Wikipedia have very little life. They are like like kindergarteners, as it is forum for people who like to "tell" on one another for breaking the "Wiki-law" (which is easily taken advantage by those who know how to "game the system").
Again, that is all Wikipedia is, a game.
It's hardly a place for any reliable information. Never trust anything you read on Wikipedia. Never trust anyone who takes Wikipedia too seriously (ie. most admins, members of ArbCom, etc). They have no lives and are not interested in really presenting neutrality or honesty into the project (despite their claims).
If one only takes bits and pieces of information from various sources, a very biased, non-neutral, distorted picture emerges, contrary to the goal of the project.
On Wikipedia, "Electronic Intifada" is considered a "reliable source" - need we say more?
Most articles having anything to do with the Holy Land are "supported" with articles from the EI and from bits of pieces from "reliable sources" like the NY Times (click here to read more about the problems there).
Proud Jews who support Israel need to get active on Wikipedia to set the record straight. However, most of them are too busy doing things with their lives. That is one of the many reasons why Israel and the Jewish people are losing the online PR war. We are completely outnumbered by anti-Zionists and antisemites. That, along with the the fact that 78% of American Jews are extreme leftists (and/or clueless people) who do not care one iota about Israel, is concerning.
We agree with Caroline Glick who, in her recent article about American Jewish Indifference, started her piece:
If most American Jews do not care about Israel in the voting booth, then most American Jews aren't doing much for Israel online, either. They are mostly assimilated, left-leaning, not very knowledgeable about whom they are as Jews, nor about their Jewish history. It's very sad. One would think we would learn the lessons of our history. One would think that all the well-funded Jewish organizations pretending to be "Jewish Leaders" would be doing something about it.Apparently Israel is no longer a voting issue for most American Jews.
Seventy-eight percent of American Jewish voters cast their ballots for Senator Barack Obama on November 4.
Then again, when Yisrael left Mitzrayim, 75-80% were left behind.
- Dr. Deepak Chopra, Your Brain on Wikipedia, the Wikipedia Documentary and Israel
- Israel and Howard Roark
- Jimmy Wales Quote of the Moment
- Biased Wikipedia: Quick to Criticize, Not So Quick to Improve
- On Wikipedia, there's politics even in the hummus!
- JIDF Guide to Wikipedia
- An example of how articles are ruined in Wikipedia
- SOLVED: The Great Wikipedia Antisemitic Vandalism Mystery