An app accused of being ‘anti-Semitic’ has been withdrawn from sale from the Apple App Store, in the latest flashpoint for Cuptertino’s application market.
Third Intifida was removed after complaints were lodged by a Jewish human rights group and the Israeli government on the grounds that the app encourages violence against Israel.
And looking at some of the content, it’s not hard to see what they objected to. Along with anti-Israel rhetoric, it also venerated figures who had attacked the Jewish state as martyrs. Users were also directed to a website relating to a group that had organised attacks on Israeli soldiers along its borders.
The withdrawal of Third Intifda – a term used to refer to violent uprisings against Israel – follows a written request from Yuli Edelstein, Israel's minister for diplomacy and diaspora affairs sent directly to Steve Jobs.
Edelsein stated: "One can easily see that this is in fact anti-Israel and anti-Zionist. 'Furthermore, 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.”
Commenting on the decision, an Apple spokesperson stated: "We removed this app from the App Store because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”
Apple’s App Store has frequently been mired in controversy over the idiosyncrasies of its approval policy. This has seen pornography banished from the market while apps such as iMussoli – compilation of the fascist leader’s speeches - and Baby Shaker – that allowed users to ‘kill’ newborns by shaking their phone - have been waved through.