The Hebrew Wikipedia site blocked temporarily all attempts to create an entry on Moshe Silman, the Israeli who died after setting himself on fire during a social justice protest in Tel Aviv.
Until today, August 8, it was impossible to create an entry on Silman in the Hebrew Wikipedia.
Nathan Lipson, a blogger for the Marker Cafe, who tried weeks ago (July 15) to create an entry for Moshe Silman found after investigation that the person who had blocked his entry was a Wikepedia user identified as "Dorit," who turned out to be one of the only four Hebrew "Wikipeds," the highest authority in the Hebrew Wikepedia.
Contacted by Lipson through her userpage, Dorit said "the entry was never 'blocked' to registered Wikipedia users, but protected from anonymous writers for a short period. This was done, to protect Moshe Silman's honor, and in consideration of his dear ones in their difficult hour. For more than a week now, the entry has been available for writing and editing to registered and anonymous users alike."
Following his exchange with Dorit, the blogger contacted David Shay, the first Hebrew Wikiped, who after taking notes of Dorit’s response tried to add an entry. The latter was first accepted before being deleted “moments later.”
Despite the creation of the entry, Nathan Lipson notes that "the encyclopedic importance of the entry isn't clarified in its content, according to the opinion of this editor. You're requested to expand the entry in order to remove all doubts, or explain its importance in the Talk Page. These discussions are usually limited to one week. If during the week a Wikiped with full voting rights, other than this editor, will not offer a reasoned justification to leave the entry, it will be deleted."