Apple pulls anti-Israeli app from shelves

Apple has removed an Arabic-language application from its iTunes store after a formal request from Israel, which claimed the app incited violence.

Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein had written to Apple, complaining that the ThirdIntifada application – a reference to a future uprising – conveyed information about potentially violent protests planned against Israel.

A statement issued by Edelstein’s ministry welcomed “Apple’s swift action” in removing the application and praised the company’s decision as “another important step in preventing violent incitement in the new media”.

Searches for “ThirdIntifada” in the iTunes store found no matches.

The application offered users a stream of news stories and editorials in Arabic, announced upcoming protests and included links to nationalistic Palestinian videos and songs.

Edelstein said the developers of the application had opened a similar page on Facebook three months ago that called for an uprising against Israel through the use of lethal force.

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