The decision follows an official request from the Israeli government
Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday removed a controversial application from the App Store after a Jewish human rights group and a top Israeli official complained that it contained anti-Semitic content and promoted violence against Israel.
The app, “The Third Intifada,” passed along anti-Israeli news and alerted users of upcoming protests against Israel.
“Intifada” — literally “shaking off” — is the Arabic term for two violent uprisings against Israel.
On Tuesday, Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister for diplomacy and diaspora affairs sent a letter to Steve Jobs asking Apple to pull the app.
The developers of Third Intifada launched a similar Facebook page about three months ago, but the page was removed after the Israeli government expressed concern.