Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Delete Israel from the map, starting with Wikipedia

It seems that someone, or actually a group of people, having administrative rights at Wikipedia, decided to follow Ahmadinejad's call to delete Israel from the map. They have decided to start with Wikipedia first.

In the last two weeks, at least three blogs/podcasts, all having a word "Israel" in the name, were nominated for deletion, two of them were deleted. The deleted references were to Israelisms podcast (deletion notice) and to Israpundit blog (deletion notice). The third page is a quite well known blog, by the name Israellycool (Wikipedia page with deletion notice) . There could be more.

All of them got the same lame excuse for deletion - "a non-notable page".
Yeah, right!
Even if, by using a very harsh criteria, it could be applied to the first two, it certainly cannot be applied to Israellycool. Israellycool's owner, Dave, was interviewed several times, and his blog was referenced numerous times, both by MSM and leading bloggers.

There is no doubt in my mind, that this is a deliberate attempt, to get back at Israel and it's supporters, by abusing the administrative rights, given to Wikipedia's moderators. It a shameful fact that such a noble project as Wikipedia is abused and corrupted because of political agenda.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Well, I would say Israpandit (while not exactly my cup of tea) is quite bigger in the number of readers and links than Israelycool. Yes, it's all very strange.

Woland said...

Thanks for the clarification.

Woland said...

And it emphasizes my point even further.

Deborah said...

On a related note, I've been trying to access some statistics regarding Israel published at the UN site. Israel's factsheet has been down for about six months now (maybe more), while all the other factsheets are up and running. You can't be too paranoid when it comes to Israel and the UN.

Woland said...

You have reminded me one very good quote by IMAO blog:
You can't spell "Unethical" without the "UN"

Aussie Dave said...


Now that Israpundit have a working sitemeter, you will see that they have less uniqye visitors than Israellycool.

But whatever. They still do amazing work, and deserve their own Wikipedia entry.