Apple removes anti-Israel app from App Store

AP , Thursday 23 Jun 2011

Intifada application removed following Israeli information minister's complaint

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AP)

Apple Inc. says it has removed an application called "ThirdIntifada" from its App Store following complaints that it glorified violence against Israel.

Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, requested the company remove the app in an email he sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center also complained to Apple.

"Intifada" is the Arabic term for two uprisings against Israel over the past two decades. The free application encouraged followers to share opinions and organise protests against Israel.

It linked to a website that helped organise rallies at Israel's frontiers with Lebanon and Syria where unarmed protesters were shot at by Israeli troops, killing 14 and injuring hunreds.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said Wednesday the app was removed "because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

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