Wikipedia labels top Jewish civil rights organization as 'generally unreliable' source

The ADL strongly disagreed with the decision.

Published: June 20, 2024 10:06am

Wikipedia editors labeled the Anti-Defamation League, the top Jewish civil rights organization, as an unreliable source of information on antisemitism and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The ADL has historically been seen as the leading authority in the U.S. on antisemitism, but Wikipedia's volunteer editors overwhelmingly voted last week to consider it "generally unreliable," alongside outlets such as the National Enquirer, the satirical outlet The Onion and Iran's Press TV, as well as conservative-leaning outlets such as Fox News, the New York Post and the Washington Free Beacon.

Dozens of Wikipedia editors discussing the ADL said they believe the organization should not be used as an informational source on antisemitism because it acts both as a pro-Israel group and has labeled legitimate criticism of the country as being antisemitic.

The ADL strongly disagreed with the decision.

"It is deeply disturbing that the many editors who flagged the severe flaws and inaccuracies in both the reasoning and sources being used in this campaign to delegitimize ADL are being ignored," a spokesperson for the organization said, according to CNN. "They have provided point by point refutations, grounded in factual citations, to every claim made, but apparently facts no longer matter."

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