GetTaxi, the Israeli taxi service which can be accessed through smartphones, told a customer who complained about Arab drivers to take a hike, as reported by the Times of Israel. Yael Mahvov posted an angry rant on a Facebook group about GetTaxi. She wrote, “I am a regular customer of GetTaxi, but I stopped. Every driver lately has been an Arab!!! As if there is a shortage of Jewish drivers. You’ll lose. Amen!!!”
A few commenters agreed with Mahov’s sentiments, but most opposed her views. GetTaxi’s official page responded to her statement with, “Yael, we are a company that respects every human being. As you know, there is a law in Israel that forbids discrimination against people based on any parameter, including their religion and ethnicity. We assess each of our drivers based on the values of our company (reliability, service), and not his or her origin.”
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“Your racist comment was out of line. However, if that is how you feel, you are more than welcome to forego our services. During times like these, we need to promote dialogue and tolerance—not racism.”