Following a request by Israeli Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Edelstein, to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Apple has removed the third intifada app , which calls for a violent uprising against Israel from its iPhone and iPad App Store. The Israeli government insisted that the application, called ThirdIntifada, incited violence against Israel.
An Apple spokesperson admitted that the app in question "violated developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."
The app was just released a few days ago and it listed forthcoming protests and provided news reports and editorials in Arabic, as well as including links to nationalistic Palestinian material.
Intifada refers to two violent uprisings against Israel over the past three decades, and a third intifada refers to a future uprising.
An Israeli minister wrote to Apple earlier this week to complain about the application.
"From browsing through the articles, stories and photographs that appear in the app, it is clear that this is an anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist application that in fact, as its name suggests, calls for an uprising against Israel," said Israeli Minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora Yuli Edelstein in a letter sent to Apple founder Steve Jobs.
A statement issued by Mr Edelstein's ministry on Thursday welcomed "Apple's swift action" in removing the application, developed by a Dubai-based company.
In March this year, Facebook removed a page calling for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel after more than 350,000 people signed up to it but the page was eventually removed following public pressure
Mr Edelstein said the Facebook page had been created by the same group behind the new application, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.
"The Facebook page called for an uprising against Israel through a violent struggle, and included severe incitement."
In the ministry statement announcing Apple's move, Mr Edelstein was quoted as saying the company, like Facebook, "had proven it shared values that stand in opposition to violence, incitement and terror".