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Israel asks Apple to ban pro-Palestinian app

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Tue June 21, 2011

Government claims app encourages violence

The Israeli government has asked Apple to ban a pro-Palestinian application, named ThirdIntifada, from the App Store. The government has expressed concerns of the app's content, claiming the articles and news stories, written in Arabic, encourage violence against Israel. The app essentially serves as a link to a website of the same name.

"Upon review of the stories, articles and photos published by means of the application, one can easily see that this is in fact anti-Israel and anti-Zionist," Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, told Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a letter, which was quoted by The Sacramento Bee. "Furthermore, as is implied by its name, the application calls for an uprising against the State of Israel."

Although "intifada" is a general term associated with resistance, the app's title is viewed as a direct reference to specific uprisings, the First Intifada and Second Intifada, which resulted in thousands of deaths from both sides of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The Israeli government is particularly nervous about the possibility of a third uprising, amid unrest in several other countries in the Middle East, according to a recent Ynet report. Officials are said to be preparing contingency plans for possible scenarios involving a third intifada, with clashes seen as increasingly likely if Palestine moves to declare statehood later this summer.

Edelstein successfully pleaded with Facebook to remove a pro-Palestinian page, which amassed hundreds of thousands of followers. It remains unclear if Apple will follow the same route, in agreement with the Israeli government's interpretation of the app's content; the App Store guidelines explicitly bar apps that incite violence against religious, cultural or ethnic groups.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Gazoobee

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    Joined: Feb 2009


    you could have linked to the website

    If someone types in the name you've given this site they actually get sent to an *anti* thirdintifada website.


    - you could actually give the other side of the story since you quoted the israeli side at length
    - censorship *before* anything bad is even being done is premature.
    - Zionism is racism. "anti-Zionist" is a *good* thing in most quarters.
    (Einstein was an anti-Zionist for example as were many famous Jews).

  1. Scott_R

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    Joined: Feb 2005


    Oh, please

    And should an app from Al-Qaeda be approved?

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Hey, Apple

    Get on your s***. Slacking on this whole vetted, closed App store thing are we? Your products suck.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    comment title

    Perhaps Israel forgot that this is America, land of the free?

  1. shawnde

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    " ..... claiming the articles and news stories, written in Arabic, encourage violence against Israel ....."

    So what?

    The prime minister of Israel constantly encourages, funds and executes violent acts, not only against the Palestinian people, but they bomb Syrian "suspect" sites, they attack ships in Sudan, etc.

    Maybe Apple should ban and filter all those websites that spew out his remarks .....

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Clueless libs

    Psssst---the Palestinians are the bad guys.

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