Border Police officer Barel Hadaria Shmueli, shot on the Gaza border, who died on August 30, 2021. Photograph: Israel Border Police
Controversy erupted after editors on the Hebrew-language Wikipedia website on Tuesday deleted a web page on an Israeli border policeman who was killed in August 2021 by a Palestinian sniper on the Gaza border, with the fallen soldier’s sister saying the choice compounded the household’s grief.
Employees Sergeant Barel Hadaria Shmueli was critically injured on Aug. 21, 2021 after being shot within the head by Palestinian gunfire. He died 9 days later.
Israeli public broadcaster Kanreported that an entry on Shmueli was taken down following a week-long vote, through which 47 editors supported the removing, whereas 35 have been opposed.
An announcement on the deleted web page reads, “Wikipedia and its editors respect every particular person, and that's the reason the rules of encyclopedic significance for folks have been outlined, amongst them the particular and separate relationship to IDF troopers. It should be remembered that there are various essential websites, official and unofficial, that take care of commemorating the IDF fallen. … For instance, the commemoration web page of Sergeant Barel Hadaria Shmueli on the Yizkor web page” — a reference to the official Israeli authorities memorial website for fallen IDF troopers.
Hila Rahimi, Shmueli’s sister, wrote on Fb following the deletion: “I assumed it couldn't be extra painful. Since Barel was killed, I skilled,