REUTERS – A Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem will complain to Israel Police about a threatening comment posted on Waze – a Google-owned Israeli-made navigation app – as Israel experiences a rise in hate crimes by far-right Israelis.
“The Bilingual School – may God obliterate their name,” was added, in Hebrew, to the location of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand school on the map on Waze, a mobile app, widely used in Israel, which uses driver data to help people avoid traffic jams.
Waze deleted the words after they were brought to its attention on Sunday. A source at the company said the entry had been made by a user who had had permission to list destinations on the map but had now been banned.
“I have been in touch with the police and I will file a complaint,” said Nadia Kinani, principal of the Hand in Hand school, a rare example of co-existence in Jerusalem which was damaged in an arson attack in November.
An Israeli court last month jailed two brothers from a far-right Jewish group for two years for that attack, in which a classroom was torched and “Death to Arabs” daubed on a wall in the yard.