iTunes Store Removes Hezbollah TV App

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Apple Inc. removed a TV App for the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group from its iTunes store.
 
In a press release issued Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thanked Apple Inc. for removing the application, which promoted streaming video from the group's Al-Manar satellite television network.

"As the media arm of the terrorist group Hezbollah, Al-Manar is a source for anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda and messages of hate and violence," said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman.  "We commend Apple for removing the App from the iTunes store and appreciate their vigilance in ensuring that terrorist-affiliated organizations will not have access to Apple's customers."

Al-Manar advertised the App on its website as soon as it was first posted on July 25. By July 29, it had been removed, but was still available for other platforms such as Android, the press release stated.

"Al-Manar broad­casts the ter­ror­ist group's mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Al-Manar has a pres­ence on other inter­net plat­forms as well, includ­ing a Twit­ter account with over 17,000 fol­low­ers and 51,000 mes­sages," ADL stated in Tuesday's press release.

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