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Arab-Jewish school daubed with cyber-graffiti on Waze

User writes wish that ‘its name be blotted out’ next to institution’s location; Google-owned app erases threat

Workers clean off the Graffiti at the Jewish-Arab bilingual school in Jerusalem stating 'death to Arabs' and 'Kahana was right,' Feb 7, 2012 (photo credit: Flash90)
Workers clean off the Graffiti at the Jewish-Arab bilingual school in Jerusalem stating 'death to Arabs' and 'Kahana was right,' Feb 7, 2012 (photo credit: Flash90)

The Arab-Jewish bilingual school in Jerusalem said it would file a police complaint after its location was mapped on the Waze navigation app alongside the words “may its name be blotted out.”

The app swiftly revised the location name for the institution, which was targeted in an arson attack last year.

“I have been in touch with the police and I will file a complaint,” principal Nadia Kinani said, according to Reuters.

The location on the Google-owned navigation app was changed by an unnamed user, who has since been banned from revising location names. It was not immediately clear how long the institution had been listed as “The bilingual school: May its name be blotted out.”

The Jerusalem school aims to foster Jewish-Arab coexistence and teaches in both Arabic and Hebrew. In November, it was torched and daubed with anti-Arab slogans in real life in an attack that drew condemnation from politicians from both sides of the political spectrum.

Two brothers, Nahman and Shlomo Twitto, were convicted in a plea deal in December for starting a fire at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem and spray-painting on the school’s walls racist messages such as “There is no coexistence with cancer”; “Death to the Arabs”; and “Kahane was right,” a reference to the late rabbi Meir Kahane, a mentor of the Jewish ultra-nationalist movement.

A third defendant in the attack, Yitzhak Gabai, turned down the plea bargain and is to stand trial.

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