Apple Removes 'Third Intifada' App

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Apple Inc. got rid of a free application that Israel said incites violence against the Jewish state.

"We removed this app from the App Store because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people," an Apple spokesman announced on Wednesday evening.

Developed by a Dubai-based company, the Arabic-language "Third Palestinian Intifada" helps users organize anti-Israel protests and share a variety of pro-Palestinian material such as songs, articles and photos of so-called martyrs, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported.

Israeli Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, who had appealed in a letter to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs to remove the application from its iTunes store, thanked the company for complying so quickly to the request.

"This is an additional step in preventing hostile elements, which are frequently tainted by anti-Semitism, from spreading incitement via the 'new media,'" Edelstein said.

"By its action, Apple has proven, as Facebook did, that it shares the values that oppose violence, incitement and terrorism," he said.

In his letter, Edelstein warned of the "application's ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous."

"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," he wrote.

"Furthermore, as is implied by its name, the application calls for an uprising against the State of Israel," he wrote, noting that three months ago the same group opened a Facebook page calling for an "uprising against the State of Israel by use of lethal force, while using hateful material based on wild and groundless accusations."

Last March, Edelstein petitioned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remove a page that also called for a third intifada - armed Palestinian uprising - a request that Zuckerberg honored.

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