JERUSALEM – Apple has removed an application from its iTunes App Store that calls for a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising, after Israel lodged a complaint, Israeli officials said on Thursday.
Public Diplomacy Minister Yuri Edelstein wrote to Apple to complain about the “Third Intifada” app earlier in the week and Apple then removed it, a statement from the minister’s office said, commending Apple for its “quick action.”
In the letter, he said the application incited violence against Israel and provided details on impending violent protests.
Edelstein had earlier succeeded in getting Facebook to remove a similar “Third Intifada” page from its website.
“By its action, Apple has proven, as Facebook did, that it shares the values that oppose violence, incitement and terrorism,” he said.
The first intifada, or uprising, began in December 1987 with rock throwing, protests and civil disobedience and lasted until the 1993 Oslo peace accords. A second and far more bloody intifada broke out in 2000 and eventually ran out of steam some five years later.