Apple Removed Anti-Israel Mobile App

August 1, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. editorial (n.) [ed-i-tawr-ee-uhl]  – an article in a newspaper or magazine that expresses the opinion of the writer
Example: The city mayor expressed his gratitude to the people who voted for him in an editorial last Tuesday.

2. diplomacy (n.) [dih-ploh-muh-see] – in government and politics, it is the skill or practice of managing  international relations between countries and states
Example: The United Nations promotes peace by encouraging diplomacy between its member- states.

3. uprising (n.) [uhp-rahy-zing] – rebellion or revolt against an authority usually a government of a state or country
Example: Our country has learned so many lessons from the past uprisings.

4. criticism (n.) [krit-uh-siz-uhm] – a spoken or written opinion (usually unfavorable) about qualities of somebody or something
Example: The newspaper company received a lot of criticisms from readers after publishing a false report.  

5. blatant (adj.) [bleyt-nt] – obvious and direct
Example: Smoking in public areas is a blatant violation of the Anti-smoking law.

Article (10 minutes)
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Apple has recently pulled out a mobile application called "The Third Intifada" in its app store after the government of Israel sent a letter asking them to remove it for its anti-Israel contents.

This mobile application, written in Arabic, allowed users to post photos and comments against Israel and its policies. It also announced upcoming protests and featured news stories and editorials in Arabic with links to nationalistic Palestinian songs and videos.

In the letter, Israel Minister for Diplomacy Yuli Edelstein wrote that “The Third Intifada”, by its name, was anti-Israel because it encouraged an uprising against the country. In Arabic, “Intifada” means "shaking off", a word used to describe a revolt or rebellion.

Historically, Palestinians already had two intifadas in 1987 and 2000, respectively. Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians suffered during the second intifada.

Several months ago, Facebook also had to remove a similar page set up by activists calling for a third intifada. The removal came after Facebook faced criticisms from the Israeli government and pro-Israel organizations. Edelstein added that the page was a blatant abuse of freedom of speech.

Viewpoint Discussion
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Discussion A

·         Who do you think is more responsible in the approval of mobile applications, the company producing the applications or the government?
·         What steps do you think should be taken to avoid the existence of these kinds of applications?

Discussion B

·         Do you think that there should be a limit to this right?
·         In what situations do you think should people voice their opinions?

August 1, 2011