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Apple Acts Fast, Removes Anti-Israeli App

Apple Inc. has removed an allegedly anti-Israeli iPhone application from its iTunes store. The move was taken by the company following an objection raised by an Israeli cabinet minister over its availability in the store.

The app, dubbed Intifada, was written in Arabic language, and it was meant to ignite pro-Palestinian feelings in the hearts of its users. The app would still have bases to justify itself if it kept the offerings limited to just spreading pro-Palestinian emotions.

But as pointed out by Mr. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, the state diplomacy minister of Israel, the app allegedly provoked users to indulge in anti Israeli activities.

Mr. Edelstein raised the issue with Apple’s chief executive officer Steve Jobs himself. In his letter to Mr. Jobs, the Israeli minister wrote, "I am convinced that you are aware of this type of application's ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous".

Apple’s prompt action in removing the application from the iTunes store has stopped the matter escalating even further.

Apple justified its action by saying, “We removed this app from the App Store because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people," according to a BBC report (opens in new tab).

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