Apple Inc. says it has removed an application called â€œThirdIntifadaâ€ 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 e-mail he sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center also complained to Apple.
â€œIntifadaâ€ is the Arabic term for two violent uprisings against Israel over the past two decades. The free application encouraged followers to share opinions and organize protests against Israel.
It linked to a website that helped organize violent clashes with Israeli troops recently along Israel’s frontiers with Lebanon and Syria.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said Wednesday the app was removed â€œbecause it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.â€ All apps released to the public are audited first, and Apple is refusing to state why this app was released.