A Comparative Analysis of Wikipedia's Israeli and Palestinian Biases
For more than a decade, individuals and groups on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have claimed that Wikipedia and its dominant editors and administrators are biased against them. Who is right?
To quantify the level of anti-Israel and anti-Palestinian bias on Wikipedia, The Israel Group conducted the first-of-its-kind study, analyzing 50 articles in the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian topic areas that totaled 355,419 words.
The Wikipedia articles fell into the following categories: History, Living Person, Deceased Person, Organization, Concept, Location.
The Israel Group analyzed every sentence in the body of each article and categorized the sentences as one of the following: Anti-Israel, Anti-Palestinian, Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestinian, Neutral
After categorizing all sentences and then adding up the word totals in each article, totals could then be added up for the entire collection:
Word Count Total
The results are clear:
Anti-Israel count is more than twice the anti-Palestinian.
Pro-Palestinian content is almost 6,000 words more than pro-Israel—making it more than 30% higher.
The report shows the 50 articles’ word counts and percentages in each category. Five of the most anti-Israel pages highlighted in the report are:
Negative Content %
The large quantity of anti-Israel content can be compared to the sparse pro-Israel sentiments:
Thirteen articles featured zero pro-Israel content
Eleven articles featured between 0.8 and 0.18% pro-Israel content
Ten articles featured between 1% and 4.83% pro-Israel content
Seven articles featured between 5% and 10% pro-Israel content
Only nine articles featured more than 10% pro-Israel content
The most anti-Palestinian pages by percentage include:
Racism in the Palestinian Territories (63.76%), Palestinian Political Violence (48.3%), and Hamas (44.7%)
The most pro-Palestinian pages tend to include Palestinian activists whose biographies receive plenty of praise, such as: Hanan Ashrawi (50.19%), Nafez Assaily (40.55%) and Edward Said (35.06%).