The Case of the Anti-Israel Dictionary


reader Andrew has forwarded a mail from a friend of his, who points out

that when you look up the word “annex” in the UK version of, this

is what you get:




an addition that extends a main building



take illegally, as of territory: “The Israelis are annexing more and more territory on the West

Bank “

2.   take

(territory) by conquest: “Hitler annexed Lithuania

3.   attach


His friend


Even more offensive than the

suggestion that Israel has illegally taken territory on the West Bank

and that it is continuing to take more and more is the juxtaposition of

verb 1 next to verb 2.  The implicit comparison of Israel with

Nazi Germany is about as repugnant and offensive as it gets. 

In fact, if you read it closely, Israel appears in a somewhat worse

light than Nazi Germany i.e. Israel stole territory, Hitler won


Apparently, the “dictionary” employed by

(at least in the UK ) is WordNet 2.1 Copyright 2005 by Princeton

University .

Different versions of the same software

seem to give slightly different definitions.


anyone come across this ‚Äúdictionary‚Äù before?  

Indeed, has anyone ever seen such perverse use of dictionary


No and no.

Andrew’s friend suggests writing to both Ask and

Wordnet/Princeton Uni to complain. I’ll be doing that, and I encourage

you to do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    How despicable. Maybe the dictionary/site is run by former Nazis! But given the fact that so much of Europe is now Muslim (France being majority Muslim) it’s probably just one of them, hiding behind more of their propaganda/lies.

  • Anonymous

    Went to WordNet Search (, typed in “annex”, got the following which has no use of Israel in an example – apparently either Princeton cleaned it up quickly, or there are different versions of WordNet for different sections of the globe.
    KEY: “S:” = Show Synset (semantic) relations, “W:” = Show Word (lexical) relations
    * S: (n) annex, annexe, extension, wing (an addition that extends a main building)
    * S: (v) annex (take (territory) as if by conquest) “Hitler annexed Lithuania”
    * S: (v) annex (attach to)

  • Anonymous

    In addition to this being offensive, it shows the blatant ignorance of history and facts typically displayed by the anti-Israel set.

    Wasn’t it Jordan that annexed the west bank after the 1948 war?

  • Anonymous

    Here the Israel example appears as well:

    But not here:

    Now, the first site says that “ is based on WordNet 2.0.”. But the Princeton site has been updated to “WordNet 2.1″, version in which the example about Israel seems to have been eliminated, perhaps because of other complaints… Not clear who wrote the original sentence, though.


  • Anonymous

    hey American Babe, you seem to be as racist towards muslims as you profess the dictionary author to be. You all make good company. It should be easy for you to understand the mindset of the dictionary author: you share it. It is just as despicable for you to assume its muslims and insult a whole religion like you did. How can you expect anyone to respect your religion when you have no respect for other religions yourself?

  • Anonymous

    No need to blame Muslims for this. I have informed and I may take some action against them. A few comments in the right media outlets will have the required effect.

  • Anonymous

    given the amount of hatred and antisemitism in the muslim world today, it is just normal that european zevel will cry over poor muslims. soon europe will be speaking arabic anyway. it makes sense to suck up to them.

  • Anonymous

    this is supposed to be a reply? It is nonsensical.

  • Anonymous removed the term from it’s dictionary search within 24 hours.

    The page linked to above is not being referenced by the dictionary search and thus unreachable by most users.

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