It appears Apple’s App Store may today have found itself in the midst of a political battle between Israel and Palestine. According to the report, which arrives via Reuters, an Israeli minister has reportedly asked Apple to remove, with immediate effect, an Arabic-language application called “ThirdIntifada”.
The issue arises as the application in question reportedly calls for a future uprising in Palestine.
Sending a personal letter to Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, Public Diplomacy Minister, Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, wrote:
“I am convinced that you are aware of this type of application’s ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous,”
Offering up live streams of Arabic news stories and editorials, the application helps to announce upcoming protests, as well as containing links to nationalistic Palestinian videos and songs.
Edelstein said the developers of the application had opened a similar page on Facebook three months ago that called for an uprising against Israel through the use of lethal force.
Edelstein said he complained to the social network which removed the page.
As of writing the application is still available for download on the store.