EXCLUSIVE REPORT

A Comparative Analysis of Wikipedia's Israeli and Palestinian Biases

General Overview

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

CASE RESULTS

After categorizing all sentences and then adding up the word totals in each article, totals could then be added up for the entire collection:

Category
Word Count Total
Percentage Total
Anti-Israel Content
98,757
27.79%
Anti-Palestinian Content
48,096
13.53%
Pro-Israel Content
19,077
5.37%
Pro-Palestinian Content
24,959
7.02%
Neutral Content
161,977
45.57%

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: 
 

Articles
Negative Content %
88.58%
84.59%
83.37%
77.19%
64.55%

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%).

Full
Report
Detailed
Overview
The Subtle Nuance of Wikipedia’s Anti-Israel Editing and Bias
Comparing and Contrasting the Wikipedia article “Israeli Settler Violence” with the article “Palestinian Political Violence”

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