Monday, November 27, 2006

The ABC's Wackopedia

The ABC News Online seem keen to compete with Wikipedia, or perhaps

By re-defining words and events of interest.

Check out their choice of words in the Middle East Conflict article:

Security and medical sources say an armed Palestinian activist and a woman were killed in an Israeli army operation near Jenin in the north of the West Bank.

The sources say Abdel Razek Nasser, 25, a local head of the Popular Resistance Committees, died in an exchange of fire with Israeli soldiers in Kabatiyeh.

Hence ABC's Wackopedia might define:
activist: noun, person actively against the evil Zionist occupying force. Sometimes carries a gun. And tries to kill Israelis. Israeli Jews actually.
In contrast, Wikipedia provides some enlightening information about the Popular Resistance Committee:

The PRC have been involved in a number of bombing attacks on military and civilian targets in the Gaza Strip, including the following:

* The November 20, 2000 bombing of a bus full of children as it passed near Kfar Darom killing two.
* The October 8 shooting attack on a bus carrying airport workers near the Rafah terminal on October 8, 2000, wounding 8 civilians, and a similar attack on a car on the road from Kerem Shalom to the Rafah terminal, killing the woman driver
* Mortar attacks on April 28, 2001 on the Netzer Hazani agricultural Israeli settlement the Gaza Strip (wounding five, one seriously), and similar attacks on Kfar Darom on April 29 and on Atzmona on May 7 of the same year.
* The February 14, 2002 killing of three Israeli soldiers using large explosive charges meant for tanks, and similar killings of three more soldiers on March 14 and one more on September 5 of that same year.
* The May 2, 2004 killing of the unarmed and pregnant Tali Hatuel, and her four daughters aged 2 to 11, on Kissufim road. The PRC and Islamic Jihad jointly claimed responsibility, also claiming that the attack was in retaliation for earlier Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killings of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi.[1]
* The January 13, 2005 killing of 6 Israeli settlers at the Karni Passage near Gaza, carried out together with Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. [2]
My word, they have been active activists.

Continuing on with the ABC article:

The woman, a neighbour aged 50, was killed in error as she rushed to help, they added.

Consult ABC's Wackopedia and we would get:
Help: verb, to offer one's assistance to someone, before being murdered by the bloodthirsty Zionist soldiers in the process.
Jerusalem Post offers some contrasting descriptions of the help offered:
The woman took the dead PRC commander's weapon and tried to run off, the army said, saying that troops did not immediately identify her as a woman because she was wearing trousers in pre-dawn darkness.
Though not verified, this is a somewhat different explanation of events.

Keep looking out for more Wackopedia entries as they build up their knowledgebase.

Or should that be base knowledge?

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