RAMALLAH, Aug 18 (JMCC) - Two groups from Israel
's right wing settlement
movement have launched a campaign to engage more forcefully with the online public encyclopedia, Wikipedia, according to Haaretz
The 'Zionist Editor' initiative of the Yesha Council and Israel Sheli is being promoted to train and encourage Israeli rightists to influence public knowledge and opinions through the Wikipedia medium.
The idea is not to make Wikipedia rightist but for it to include our point of view, said Naftali Bennett, the director of the Yesha Council.
The Internet is not managed well enough, and Israel's position there is appalling. Take for example the Turkish flotilla [to Gaza]. During the first hours we were nowhere to be found. In those first hours millions of people typed the words Gaza-bound flotilla and read what was written on Wikipedia.
The course was designed to teach how to register for, contribute to and edit for Wikipedia.
The organizers' aim was twofold: to affect Israeli public opinion by having people who share their ideological viewpoint take part in writing and editing for the Hebrew version, and to write in English so Israel's image can be bolstered abroad.
The Yesha Council also announced a prize for the Best Zionist Editor - the person who over the next four years incorporates the most Zionist changes in the encyclopedia. That lucky encyclopedist will receive a trip in a hot-air balloon over Israel...
Read more at Haaretz