Wikipedia founder supports Israel, but keeps site neutral

Visiting Tel Aviv to get prize for role in ‘information revolution,’ Jimmy Wales says he aims for facts about Israeli-Palestinian conflict to overwhelm bias

Jimmy Wales. (photo credit: CC BY Jol Ito, Flickr)


TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising — called it a “security fence” and focused on Israeli support. Within a half-hour, another editor added a sentence about a United Nations condemnation. Later that day, the phrase “apartheid wall” appeared, using the Palestinians’ preferred term.

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