Over the past month we exchanged a number of new links with organisation supporting Israel and Zionism, and well as with supportive bloggers and Jewish communities around the globe.
Rather than simply providing a link to the Zionism on the Web home page, it has become sensible to provide people additional links to the specific sections of interest to them. For example our Academic Boycott Resources Center, or the Anti-Zionism resources.
A new page provides those wishing to support us with the code they can paste to their sites / blogs to link (with text or an image) to our various sections.
We hope people find this useful and are always willing to link to supportive sites on similar topics - just let us know that you've linked to us.
While not quite ready, this month at Zionism On The Web we have been working with Christian Zionism.org to create a section explaining Christian Zionism to our readers.
While still incomplete, the template is up and a number of articles have been added. Comments and feedback are welcome.
Like Zionism Christian Zionism is a broad church (pun intended) and Christian individuals, churches and groups support Israel for a wide variety of reasons. Christian Zionists also combat antisemitism, and are occasionally targetted by antisemites they expose.
This promises to be an interesting section, and we welcome articles (new and reprints) that readers may have created. If you have a article you feel should be included in this section please contact us.]]>
Expert Search to combat antisemitism and racism
Press release from Zionism On The Web
Author: Andre Oboler, CEO
Using Google as a research tool on topics related to Jews, Zionism and Israel has problems and can lead to incorrect assumptions and the spread of racism. Zionism On The Web proposes a solution to make homework easier and keep racism out of sight.
If you’ve ever used Google to search for information on Jews, Zionism on Israel you’ll have noticed a problem. The information on the top 5 sites in a search on Jews is likely to leave any school child rather confused. The results include not only Jews for Jesus, but also the antisemitic conspiracy site Jew Watch. Jewish students find these results are likely to feel the world is a less safe place than it ought to be. Students with no personal knowledge of Jews might think they’ve discovered a secret and begin embracing the shadowy world of Holocaust denial and hate.
Zionism On The Web, a project that has now been running for 18 months, monitors the impact of hate and misinformation sites and provides resources to help the recently confused find their way back to reality. Perhaps more significantly, the project has also been monitoring how these sites end up at the top of the stack. The good news is that these rankings are a result of a small number of people and sites who form a very cohesive group. After all, if you want to link to other hate sites, there’s only so many (though this number keeps growing) to choose from. These websites also receive support from the far left anti-Zionists who often find what they want, not realising they are spreading the lies of the far right. Official propaganda from Arab states also plays it’s parts and is spread through numerous NGOs and political activist groups. Next time you see a long essay suddenly appear copy the first line into Google and see if you can find the source. Google after all favours these sites (due to the nature of it’s algorithm) and should find a match with ease.
It was a Google search for Zionism that first raised the alarm. Based on the results Google returned one would think that Zionism was an attempt to control the world, a form of racism and the modern version of apartheid all rolled into one. While Zionism On The Web is now itself on page one, we get many appeals from students wanting help with their projects or questioning but unable to prove that the standard “anti-Zionist” (usually antisemitic) arguments are false. Providing answers is one way to combat racism. Helping students find the answers themselves is even better.
Unlike the small closely linked radical groups, official community sites are often too self important to exchange links with each other, or Joe Blogger. The fact that Joe blogger with no resources gets a hundred times more people per day than these official sites simply does not register. This relegates very good references, that the community has often placed large amounts of money in, nearly invisible to the search engines. Policy may eventually change, mean time we have another solution.
To help combat racism and promote good material no matter how well the authors unintentionally hide it, Zionism On The Web have launch an Expert Search on Zionism and Israel. This is a search based on Google, but with manual intervention. Members of the project team can tag good resources and have them promoted higher up the list when people use the Expert Search rather than ordinary Google. Likewise antisemitic sites can be blocked outright. Those wanting that material are welcome to use Google itself to find it – just search for Jew.
The Expert Search can be used at:
The page explains how you can help by joining the project to tag positive sites and eliminate antisemitic ones. You can also help by adding a link to expert search on your website, blog or myspace. This not only shows commitment against the spread of racism through Google, it will also save others trawling through hate next time they need information on Jews, Israel or Zionism.
Author & Organisational Bio:
Andre Oboler is the Chief Executive of Zionism On The Web and a PhD Candidate in computing at Lancaster University, UK. Andre is a former National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students (UK) and a former member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Andre was the UK delegate for the 2006 Young Jewish Diplomatic Leadership program run by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Zionism On The Web is endorsed by the World Union of Jewish Students and has been praised by the World Zionist Organisation, the Jewish Agency, the World Jewish Congress, Yad Vashem, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Knesset. The website for Zionism On The Web can be seen at:
Google being used to spread hate (2007 article)
The Search page
Google Jews, Zionism and the problem (2005 article)
Yes, we finally did it! A way of filtering out all the nonsense that comes up when you search for Jews, Israel or Zionism in Google.
Try our new Expert Search based on Google Technology but with human quality control.
Try the search, add a link to it to your site and help us improve it further! This is what we've been waiting for. :)]]>
We continue to expand our Anti-Zionist collection with the latest new resource being a profile on Jew Watch and a page on the Jews control the world lies (inc. the Protocols of the Elders of Zion).
Other pages in the section have also been redone, so please have a look. We hope to finish our anti-Zionism collection during 2007, offers of help to research and write these pages are most welcome.]]>
We've launched a new Antisemitism resource center.
This ties in with our forums on Antisemitism and new Antisemitism.]]>
A new section has just gone live on the site. This section looks at the accusations of Israeli Apartheid and the question of antisemitic motivations behind such charges. We've also collects together our articles related to the comparison between Israel and Apartheid South Africa on this page.
The new banner at the top shows that this is related to our revamped Anti-Zionism resource center. Only main page has been changed at the Anti-Zionism resource center... but hopefully that will soon change. At least the Apartheid page is complete!
Change we know need to be made:
The lists on the right are out og kilter. This is an IE 7 bug (actually a bix to an IE 6 bug... but makign the fix to IE6 not break IE7 was a bit of a challenge). We have a work around (as you can see on the lists on the left) it just needs to be applied to the right.
Both the Apartheid page and the Anti-Zionism pages need links to the home page. If the Anti-Zionism main page is to be used as a template for the other page in this section a link back to the anti-Zionism Resource Center is needed, maybe on the menu on the left. The right panel needs to change and be article specific, maybe with related article, or external links.
Finally ofcourse, more articles need to be filled in! Help with this last bit is welcome. Just find an article that is incomplete and start a new topic in the forums with your suggested content.]]>
A test page is currently being put together to replace the main page of Zionism On The Web.
The new teast page has much cleaner code behind it and is almost entirely marked up with CSS. This should not only make it fasted to update, but should also allow changes to the look of the site.
We have also included some google adds in the blogs and forums... this is unfortunatly needed as revenue from the existign adds was at about US$7 for the last 3 months and that comes no where near covering our costs. Donations via the button on the old main page will also help ofset the cost.]]>