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When you type ‘apartheid’ on Google search, it supplies ‘Israel’

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From George’s Friends (Yossi Gurvitz’s blog) (translated from the Hebrew), thanks to Sol Salbe (and Ofer Neiman):

Google does not quite reflect the world; it is less of a “pure” search engine and more of a search engine according to popularity. As more people are looking for something, or linking to a particular site, the rating goes up.

So this photo, taken from “clean” Google account – that is one that it cannot identify as mine and is therefore not skewed by my previous search results – cannot be a reflection of reality; one cannot say whether Israel is indeed an Apartheid state (even though it is). But one can certainly conclude that the idea that Israel is an Apartheid state is a consensus, or at any rate close enough consensus for Google to recognise it as such.

All members of the Hasbara brigade, to your battle stations, now!

(Thanks to @ Lior Ben Eliahu for the idea.)
גוגל לא משקפת את העולם; היא פחות מנוע חיפוש “נקי” ויותר מנוע חיפוש על פי פופולריות. ככל שיותר אנשים מחפשים משהו, או מקשרים לאתר מסוים, כך הדירוג שלהם עולה.

אז התמונה הזו, שנלקחה מחשבון גוגל “נקי” – כלומר, לא כזה שמזוהה כשלי ועל כן מוטה על ידי תוצאות החיפוש הקודמות שלי – לא יכולה להיות שיקוף של המציאות; היא לא יכולה לומר אם ישראל היא אכן מדינת אפרטהייד (אף שהיא כזו). אבל היא בהחלט אומרת שהרעיון שישראל הוא מדינת אפרטהייד הוא קונסנסוס, או על כל פנים מספיק קרוב לקונסנסוס כדי שגוגל תכיר בו ככזה.

כל אנשי ה-hasbara, לעמדות קרב, עכשיו!

(תודה ל[email protected] Ben Eliahu על הרעיון.)
גוגל לא משקפת את העולם; היא פחות מנוע חיפוש “נקי” ויותר מנוע חיפוש על פי פופולריות. ככל שיותר אנשים מחפשים משהו, או מקשרים לאתר מסוים, כך הדירוג שלהם עולה.

אז התמונה הזו, שנלקחה מחשבון גוגל “נקי” – כלומר, לא כזה שמזוהה כשלי ועל כן מוטה על ידי תוצאות החיפוש הקודמות שלי – לא יכולה להיות שיקוף של המציאות; היא לא יכולה לומר אם ישראל היא אכן מדינת אפרטהייד (אף שהיא כזו). אבל היא בהחלט אומרת שהרעיון שישראל הוא מדינת אפרטהייד הוא קונסנסוס, או על כל פנים מספיק קרוב לקונסנסוס כדי שגוגל תכיר בו ככזה.

כל אנשי ה-hasbara, לעמדות קרב, עכשיו!

(תודה ל[email protected] Ben Eliahu על הרעיון.)
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  1. German Lefty on February 23, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I just tried it with the German Google search bar. See here:
    http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/464x225q90/46/so25.jpg

  2. Talkback on February 23, 2014, 2:12 pm

    But one can certainly conclude that the idea that Israel is an Apartheid state is a consensus, or at any rate close enough consensus for Google to recognise it as such.

    A popular search doesn’t mean consensus. People search, because they want to find information about a topic. They may agree or disagree. If one types “drug” and it supplies “war” that doesn’t mean consensus either.

  3. seafoid on February 23, 2014, 2:13 pm

    It’s as if the word Zion is surrounded by flies and emitting a dreadful smell.

  4. Walid on February 23, 2014, 2:17 pm

    I tried it and the 1st choice showed a Mondo article from Decembre 15, 2013 by Phil about a Le Monde article on apartheid in Israel. Probably picked it up from my Mondo history. The other 4 or 5 had nothing to do with Israel.

    That Google history is very annoying; it keeps giving me the information it assumes I need to know and I have to keep tricking the system into telling me what I really need to know by asking in another language..

  5. on February 23, 2014, 7:01 pm

    A lot of people will be trying to change this – will they be able to change it ?? That is the question.

    • gingershot on February 23, 2014, 8:10 pm

      This sticks in the Zionist craw – heaven and earth will be threatened if not moved

  6. FreddyV on February 23, 2014, 11:26 pm

    The interesting thing will be Google’s reaction to this. There was a big fuss about 10 years ago after a group of people ‘Googlebombed’ the search results to show G.W. Bush’s page on the Whitehouse.gov website when you typed in the phrase ‘miserable failure’. Another one was ‘French military victories’. Google would return Did you mean: ‘french military defeats’?.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb

    This used to be achieved by a very simple tactic of putting anchor text on a website with the relevant phrase with a hyperlink. Google has since changed its algorithm to avoid this, but the interesting thing at the time was Google’s position when they were approached by the Government and told to take it down. They refused, citing that they will not alter their results by hand.

    I’m watching this with interest. I bet Netanyahu will throw his teddy and demand that Google remove this. It will be interesting to see if he has more clout than the President of the United States.

  7. DICKERSON3870 on February 24, 2014, 12:53 am

    RE: “When you type ‘apartheid’ on Google search, it supplies ‘Israel’”

    MY COMMENT: This is “clear and convincing” irrefutable proof that Google uses anti-Semitic algorithms!

  8. Mayhem on February 24, 2014, 1:21 am

    And if you type the word ‘Jew’ into Google your search returns the website JewWatch on the first page. Just goes to show that our planet is full of anti-semitism.

  9. German Lefty on February 24, 2014, 4:22 am

    DER SPIEGEL just published a German-language article titled “Christians in the Holy Land: faith under fire”.
    The article says that “radical settlers desecrate cemeteries and churches. There is hardly any help from authorities.” Price tag attacks are mentioned, too.
    http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/christen-im-heiligen-land-glaube-unter-dauerbeschuss-a-954252.html

  10. Walid on February 24, 2014, 5:30 am

    Didn’t stop the German Foreign Minister from declaring that Israel’s security is Germany’s responsibility, or that the ties between Germany and Israel are so great that in any country that doesn’t have an Israeli consulate, people can address their requests to the German one. They’re currently enjoying a great visit in Israel. Wouldn’t be surprised if Israel gets a 7th Dolphin from the visit; it would make it one sub more than what the German navy has.

  11. OlegR on February 24, 2014, 6:45 am

    When you use Google.co.il (The Hebrew locale of google) then it does offer Apartheid Israel.

    In google.com the world wide version it does not, it suggests the South African apartheid entries.

    No go guys. Google is just smart so it offers the Israelis what it “thinks” is relevant
    to their search.

  12. on February 24, 2014, 8:11 am

    I am worried about Israel getting these subs from Germany. I believe that means that Israel is now capable of hitting the USA with nukes. And does anyone really doubt Israel would do so if they felt their existence was coming to an end? Is this not their so called “Sampson Option”.

  13. The JillyBeans on February 24, 2014, 2:21 pm

    I get ten results in the drop down menu when I type “apartheid” #9 on the list being “apartheid Israel” and #10 “apartheid for kids” the latter being a mystery to me. The very first results on the list are in regards to RSA apartheid.

  14. Virginia Raymond on February 24, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Hello. My results are different. The first ten responses, almost all of which about South Africa, come from the following sources 1) Wikipedia, 2) a computer science student site at Stanford University; 3) the History Channel; 4) Merriam-Webster; 5) The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg; 6) Dictionary.com; 7) a Google catalogue of images, the first and majority of which are about South Africa but which *does* contain political cartoons comparing Israel/Palestine to South Africa; 8) Encyclopedia Britannica; 9) The “Library of Economics and Liberty”; 10) The Free Online Dictionary. On the right side of the search screen, there is a listing of three “people related to apartheid”: Frederik Willem de Klerk, Miriam Makeba, and Nadine Gordimer. After the first ten listings comes a listing labelled “in-depth” articles: 1) Hernando De Soto, “Egypt’s Economic Apartheid” from the Wall Street Journal; 2) “Brothers-in-Arms – Israel’s secret pact with Pretoria”; and “Israel and the Apartheid Slander,” from the New York Times. Then the following terms are listed, all in lower-case, under “searches related to apartheid”: “nelson mandela (sic), apartheid facts, when did apartheid end, apartheid pronunciation, apartheid nelson mandela (sic), apartheid laws, apartheid timeline, apartheid end.” While I don’t have time (during this work day) to go through additional pages, much less all 7,450,000 results, I am left with a very different impression than yours. Mileage will of course vary depending on what kinds of things the searcher typically reads and looks for.

  15. biorabbi on February 24, 2014, 6:48 pm

    When you google jew, you get Jewwatch in the first batch of hits; why is that? Any ideas Mondoweiss?

    • annie on February 24, 2014, 7:50 pm

      who said they got that in the first batch of hits? i don’t. not even on the first page. maybe if you do it’s because google thinks you’ve been there before.

    • TheWatcherWatching on February 25, 2014, 1:03 am

      I didnt get it, I bet you insane zios are looking up all the “anti-Semitic” websites so it keeps coming up first.

    • German Lefty on February 25, 2014, 2:10 pm

      When you google jew, you get Jewwatch in the first batch of hits

      I tried it and checked the first five pages of results. I didn’t get JewWatch as a hit. However, one of the first hits is the “Jugenderholungswerk Hamburg”, abbreviated “JEW”.

      biorabbi, do you live in Israel? If yes, then perhaps it’s Zionist propaganda to make it look like there’s a lot of anti-Semitism in the world.

  16. piotr on February 25, 2014, 10:09 am

    For “Jew” my top hits were “Jew jokes” and “Jew or not a Jew” followed by “Jewfro”.

    For “apartheid” I actually had to add “apartheid i” to get Israel on the second position.
    Also, “Apartheid Israel” gives only 19 million results, and “Apartheid Africa” gives 42 million.

    • German Lefty on February 25, 2014, 1:58 pm

      When I type in the English word “Jew”, then I get “jew or not jew”, “jew jokes”, “jew hamburg”, “jew jitsu”.
      When I type in the German word “Jude”, then I don’t get any suggestions. Apparently, the word is considered an insult, just like “faggot”. And that’s why it’s censored.

  17. jayn0t on February 25, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Phil – Google search is personalized. It could be that you’ve searched for ‘Israel and apartheid’ together in the past. If you get a brand-new browser with no cookies (e.g. Opera), and try, it might have different results.

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