Does WordPress take an anti-Israel slant? I think so. Here’s why.


I’ve been blogging for about two years now on WordPress.

I’ve even been Freshly Pressed!

The one post that I got this honor was, ironically, a post about being Jewish!

This post was a tongue-in-cheek take  take on how Jews perceive Halloween. For a Jew to be funny on WordPress, that’s okay. Poke fun at themselves or at their religion, or express ambiguity at one’s Jewish identity, that’s cool too!

But to write about Israel from a pro-Israel standpoint? Apparently, that falls on deaf ears to the WordPress gods.

I wondered to myself in all the favorable posts I’ve written about Israel, in my writings about my travels there, why blogger love didn’t come my way.

As a Jewish educator and a Jewish mother, as a trained writer and reporter making multiple trips to Israel, I wrote thoughtfully.

In one post, after experiencing hostility towards women by the ultra-Orthodox, I wrote critically.

I added great photos of all I saw. I showed pictures of how Israeli soldiers keep ALL religious sites safe and accessible to ALL religions.

I’ve written about how Israel helps earthquake victims and how Israel develops state of the art agricultural and medical advances that can benefit all of humanity.

Still my stat counter didn’t budge. Maybe, my writing isn’t all that. But still, I wondered.

So, out of curiosity, I entered “Israel”  into WordPress’ search engine. This is what came up:

A blog post criticizing Israel for blocking backers of Palestinian protesters for entering Israel:

Israel Protests

Israel Blocks Pro-Palestinian Activists’ ‘Fly-In’ Attempt In Europe, …  activists barred from boarding flights to Tel Aviv, after Israel sent blacklist Voice of America – Jul 08 06:04
An IDF soldier, a “brave” one (as if only this one is brave, as if the rest are chicken shit) for speaking to the BBC (as if they are such a credible source of news) about the crimes of his country:

Brave Israeli Soldier Speaks Out On BBC Against the Crimes of His Government…Fiannaiochta

Oh, and what blog post popping up into my reader spewing falsities about Israel would be complete without calling Israel an apartheid state, Israel as apartheid state

PLENTY of those posts to go around. One, filled with so many lies I had not the energy or the strength to refute every lie this blogger claimed to be true, was Freshly pressed. WordPress Freshly Pressed not one but two diatribes all but legitimizing  and justifying Hamas and their industry of death.

Then, there are the tried and true tales of Israeli occupation of Gaza, never mind the fact that Israel withdrew from Gaza completely in 2005.(What, what about the blockade you say? If Gazans would only import food and clothing and construction supplies to develop an oasis of hope for a Palestinian state instead of using its resources and spending it on BOMBS imported from Iran smuggled in from Egypt, there would be no need for a blockade).

And genocide in Gaza, when the deaths of any Gazans are actually welcomed and glorified, that’s why the innocents are used as human shields.

All these blog posts delegitimizing Israel floated right to the top of my searches for posts on Israel. You know what else floats?

When I looked for Israel blogs that defended Israel’s right to defend herself from months and years of missile attacks from Gaza, or any post that gives the Jewish state any legitimacy, they were way down on WordPress’ search engine results.

Worse than the violence, worse than the missiles, worse than even the mothers in Gaza who cry for their martyred sons wishing they had more sons to give to Allah, is all the misinformation about Israel in the media, WordPress being just another guilty party.

About stacylynngittleman

I have been a public relations professional and reporter -- and always thought I would live in the New York Metro area - before my husband took a job in Rochester, New York. Most in Metro New York can't find Rochester on a map,and neither could I before we moved. I am now a columnist and a freelance writer for Rochester's only daily newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle. I also am passionate about gardening, fitness and most of all, Jewish education and Israel Advocacy. Here's my perspective on Western New York living - the good, the bad, and the snowy.

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