Wikipedia’s Double Standards Against Israel



By Jack Saltzberg and Michael Ben Tzvi


During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Arab Legion of Jordan (formerly Transjordan) overtook Eastern Jerusalem and occupied the Old City and what is often referred to as the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and Nablus.


Jordan annexed the entire West Bank in 1950, virtually occupying it until they lost the land during the 1967 war that they, Egypt, and other Arab countries started. Only in 1989, did Jordan renounce all claims to the West Bank. The same for Egypt, that occupied the Gaza Strip before losing it to Israel in the war they started.


And how is this reflected in Wikipedia? Not historically factual, but changing the narrative through agenda-driven, anti-Israel eyes. Palestinian nationalist editors troll hundreds of articles, changing history by simply altering terms, either to benefit their cause or to malign Jews and Israel. 


In Wikipedia, anti-Israel editors have painstakingly made it that Jordan and Egypt "ruled" those territories, but Israel has "occupied" them.


The following are five examples of Wikipedia editors using double standards to purposely alter history for their anti-Israel agenda:


1)  In the article Palestinian territories, the sentence was:

Israel occupied the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War of 1967 and has since maintained control. Previously, these territories had been occupied by Jordan and Egypt, respectively, since the 1948 founding of Israel.

The #4 anti-Israel Wikipedia editor, Huldra, changed it to this:

Israel occupied the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War of 1967 and has since maintained control. Previously, these territories had been ruled by Jordan and Egypt, respectively, since the 1948 founding of Israel.

In other words, Egypt and Jordan “controlled” the West Bank. Israel “occupied” it.



2) In the article Palestinians, the sentence was:

Israel was established in parts of Palestine in 1948, and in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the West Bank was occupied by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt, with both countries continuing to administer these areas until Israel occupied them in the Six-Day War.

The same editor, Huldra, changed it to this:

Israel was established in parts of Palestine in 1948, and in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the West Bank was ruled by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt, with both countries continuing to administer these areas until Israel occupied them in the Six-Day War.

Huldra decided that Jordan “ruled” the West Bank and Egypt “ruled” Gaza, but Israel has “occupied” both the West Bank and Gaza. Just more double standards and the altering of history to suit the anti-Israel agenda. And Wikipedia backs this.



3) In the Wikipedia article Palestinians, it stated:

An independent Palestinian state has not exercised full sovereignty over the land in which the Palestinians have lived during the modern era. Palestine was administered by the Ottoman Empire until World War I, and then overseen by the British Mandatory authorities. Israel was established in parts of Palestine in 1948, and in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the West Bank was occupied by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt, with both countries continuing to administer these areas until Israel occupied them in the Six-Day War.

Anti-Israel Wikipedia editor Huldra changed it to this:

An independent Palestinian state has not exercised full sovereignty over the land in which the Palestinians have lived during the modern era. Palestine was administered by the Ottoman Empire until World War I and then overseen by the British Mandatory authorities. Israel was established in parts of Palestine in 1948, and in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the West Bank was ruled by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt, with both countries continuing to administer these areas until Israel occupied them in the Six-Day War.

So, according to Wikipedia, the Ottoman Empire did not “occupy” Palestine, nor did the British “occupy” Palestine, and Jordan did not “occupy,” but “ruled” the West Bank and Egypt “ruled” Gaza. However, one thing is clear: Israel has “occupied” everything.



4) The Wikipedia article, East Jerusalem, stated:

In the 1967 census, the Israeli authorities registered 66,000 Palestinian residents (44,000 residing in the area known before the 1967 war as East Jerusalem; and 22,000, in the West Bank area annexed to Jerusalem after the war). Only a few hundred Jews were living in East Jerusalem at that time, since most Jews had been expelled in 1948 during the Jordanian occupation.[79]

Huldra then changed it to this:

In the 1967 census, the Israeli authorities registered 66,000 Palestinian residents (44,000 residing in the area known before the 1967 war as East Jerusalem; and 22,000, in the West Bank area annexed to Jerusalem after the war). Only a few hundred Jews were living in East Jerusalem at that time, since most Jews had been expelled in 1948 during the Jordanian rule.[79]

Again, it was Jordania “rule,” but Israeli “occupation.”



5) The Wikipedia article King’s Garden stated:

The land is traditionally considered as once part of the royal gardens of the Israelite kings.[2] The area has been occupied by Jordan from 1948 until 1967 when it was occupied by Israel, who then, in a move condemned internationally, annexed it in 1980.

In one of Huldra’s thousands of edits, she changed the text to this :

The land is traditionally considered as once part of the royal gardens of the Israelite kings.[2] The area has been ruled by Jordan from 1948 until 1967 when it was occupied by Israel, who then, in a move condemned internationally, annexed it in 1980.

Again, Jordan “ruled” while Israel “occupied.” Also, even though the subject of the article isn’t international condemnation, mention was made of it being placed on Israel, yet not of it being placed on Jordan or Egypt as well. That fact is nonexistent. Anti-Israel Wikipedia editors did away with that history, forever.


Through these five examples, it is easy to understand what is happening. However, for anyone who needs to see more, following are 50 examples:

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