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Palestinians to face 'Wikipedia War'

Aug. 26, 2010 7:05 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 9:35 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The next regional war will be a media war, head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Abdul Nasser An-Najar said Thursday.

Speaking to Ma'an Radio Network, An-Najar said Palestinian journalists are now on the front line in fighting Israeli violations.

An-Najar discussed the widely reported "Zionist editing" courses launched in Jerusalem this week, which train participants on how to re-write Wikipedia entries. The online encyclopedia is a collaborative effort, which anyone can sign up to edit, and is one of the most popular websites on the internet.

Contentious entries on the site include the status of various illegal settlements, Jerusalem and Israeli policies in Gaza.

The Israeli groups behind the project told the British daily The Guardian that they wish to redress the balance of the site’s editing community, which they claim is dominated by pro-Palestinian activists.

An-Najar said PJS plans to set up counter editing groups, and asked the Palestinian Authority to support the effort.

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