Jun 25 2011
U.S. computer giant, Apple, announced it had pulled an application called ‘Third Intifada’ from its App Store for iPad and iPhone devices after a complaint by Israel.
JERUSALEM –The app was removed because it was considered offensive to large groups of people (No, just to Jews), said Apple. It gave users information about a possible Palestinian uprising and potentially violent anti-Israel protests.
The firm took the step after receiving an official letter of complaint filed by Israeli Minister of Public Affairs and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein.
The application allows users to post the times and locations of upcoming protests, articles and news critical of Israel and to upload pictures of people who committed violent attacks, the Ha’ aretz daily reported.
In a statement released on Thursday, Edelstein “commends” Apple ‘s “quick action,” saying that “this is an additional step in preventing hostile elements, which are frequently tainted by anti- Semitism, from spreading incitement via the ‘new media’.”
In a similar move two month ago, Edelstein lead a successful campaign to remove a Facebook group with thousands of users, that also called for a third intifada, charging that it used threatening and hateful language.
A quick search through Apple’s App Store on Thursday revealed that the Third Intifada app had been removed, though, as local Yediot Aharonoth newspaper reported, it was still active on Wednesday.