At Wikibias, Nominations Being Accepted For The Most Biased Article on Wikipedia

October 6, 2010

Wikibias is looking for nominations for “The Most Biased Article on Wikipedia.” You can use their contact form to make your nomination.
One nomination is the Wikipedia article on Israeli Settlement, which on August 31 began:

Israeli settlements are Jewish only settlements” built by the Israel on occupied and confiscated land that is occupied through wars (such as the Six-Day War) and forceful evacuation of the indigenous people from their homes in Palestinian West Bank. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The latter two areas are governed under Israeli civil law but all three territories are considered to be under military occupation by the international community.

A number of points are raised by Wikibias in the fisking of just this one paragraph alone, among them:

Indigeneity is both hotly contested and difficult to define. The Jewish people is indigenous or autochthonous in Judea and Samaria since this is where the Jewish people arose over 3,300 years ago. The Palestinian Arabs are also autochthonous in this sense, having come to define themselves as Palestinian in the 1920′s by some accounts, and with the founding of the PLO in 1964 by others. The Arab people are autochthonous or indigenous to the Hijaz where they arose in the seventh century. They arrived in the Land of Israel as conquerors.
On an individual level, many Jews were born in these villages and towns, some before 1948 and many after 1967. As individuals, they are indigenous. But just as the ancestors of many of the area’s Jews immigrated from other lands, so did the ancestors of many of the area’s Arabs, who came in a series of historical waves, including a great wave of immigration to economic opportunity in the early twentieth century. If they are not less indigenous than the Jews who came then, neither are they more indigenous.

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