Apple removes app per Israel's request

Posted by Mark Raby

Apple has kicked out an app from the iTunes App Store after receiving a complaint directly from the government of Israel.

The app, entitled Third Intifada, contained information that promoted attacking Israel.

The title alone is an offensive term used by opponents of Israel to refer to what would be a violent uprising and period of civil unrest within the country.

The app did not rake in huge download numbers, but because of its highly brazen and controversial subject matter, it ended up trickling all the way to the Israeli government.

The country's information minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter directly to Steve Jobs to highlight just how unacceptable the "anti-Israel and anti-Zionist app" was.

"As is implied by its name, the application calls for an uprising against the State of Israel. I am convinced that you are aware of this type of application's ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous," Edelstein wrote in the e-mail.

That must have sparked some sort of chain of events within the company because the app has now been removed.

Apple representative Tom Neumayr commented on the decision, saying the app "violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."