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California-based computer company Apple Inc. removed an application from
its online store called "3rd Intifada," a
statement released by the Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry on
Thursday said. The application gave information about
protest activities planned against Israel, some of them violent.
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The announcement of the application's removal
came after Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday, requesting that
the computer giant stop sales of the application.
in the year, public outcry against a Facebook page carrying the
same title was also removed after company heads decided that the page's
creator had posted incitement to violence against Israelis and Jews.
In both the Apple application and Facebook page, opponents expressed
their concerns that calls for a "3rd Intifada" were inherently violent.
The diplomacy and diaspora affairs minister claimed that both the Apple
application and Facebook page were started by the same organization,
seeking the same goals. He called on Apple to remove this new
application and continue
in its tradition of applications "dedicated purely to entertainment and
informative purposes and not serving as a instruments for incitement to
"I believe Apple, as a pioneering and
progressive company, places the values of liberty, freedom of expression
and creativity as a guiding light," Edelsetein wrote. Herb Keinon contributed to this report.