What happens if you type 'Death to Jews' into Google Maps?

The recent rise in violence across Israel is believed to have been sparked by clashes on the Temple Mount that began during the Rosh Hashanah Holiday in September.

October 25, 2015 03:48
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Temple Mount

A visitor walks toward the Dome of the Rock as he enters the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Users of Google Maps noticed Saturday night that upon typing "Death to the Jews"  into the search bar on Google Maps, the program instantly redirected them to "The Temple Mount" in Jerusalem.

Despite the shocking result, many other users have said that this Temple Mount result was caused by the word "Jews" and not by the controversial words preceding it.

The desktop web mapping service allows users to get directions on foot, by car, by public transportation, by bike and by air to destinations world wide. Users can also view the location they are searching for before traveling to the location itself using the street view option.

This discovery comes after several weeks of increased terror attacks spread across the country that Israel believes were were sparked by clashes between security forces and Palestinian rioters on the Temple Mount that began during the Rosh Hashanah Holiday in September.

Social media sites are believed to be playing a significant role in encouraging potential attackers by allowing propaganda videos, photos, and hate speech to be posted freely. Many Israelis on Facebook and elsewhere have criticized the social networking site and have called for action to be taken to force Facebook to crack down on hatred and incitement against Israelis and Jews on the site.

The United Nations suspended several UNRWA employees last week after UN Watch exposed that they were inciting violence against Israelis and Jews on social media. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Thursday that the UNRWA staff members inciting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel violence on Facebook "have been subject to both remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension and loss of pay."

He noted that UNRWA worked with a legal team at Facebook to remove 90 pages of those who falsely claimed to be current UNRWA employees and published violent anti-Semitic posts.

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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