Jobs’ ancestral home, Syria, bans iPhone
‘He must be turning in his grave’
Syria: Steve Jobs’ ancestral home of Syria has banned the
iPhone as the under-pressure government looks to crackdown on
pro-democracy activists. Ban comes as biological father of late Apple
CEO voices support for Syrian pro-democracy protesters
Syrian president Bashar Assad is attempting to crush an
eight-month-old revolt against his autocratic rule which has led to
violent protests across the country and thousands of deaths.
It has now been reported that the government has outlawed the iPhone
- which was created by Jobs as CEO of Apple - in a bid to prevent
activists from using the popular device to post footage of violent
protests on the internet.
The ban would no doubt anger Jobs’ biological father Abdulfattah John
Jandali who is a native Syrian and recently came out in support of
protesters in a YouTube video.
Meanwhile, Russia admits defying West by supplying cruise missiles to
Syria as U.N. chief says country is in full-scale civil war. Pressure
mounts on Syria as Turkey imposes touch sanctions in protest at
crackdown on demonstrators According to Times Live, the Lebanese website
Al Nashara, said the ban had been issued by the Customs Department of
the Syrian Finance Ministry.. A statement by the department read: ‘The
authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.’
One Syrian activist, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the
newspaper: ‘It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own
an iPhone to be a spy suspect.
‘Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave on learning that his iconic
device is banned in his home country.’