Syrian Authorities Ban The iPhone As Steve Jobs’s Dad Protests “Brutality And Killing” [Video]

Syrian Authorities Ban The iPhone As Steve Jobs’s Dad Protests “Brutality And Killing” [Video]

Syrian are no longer allowed to use Apple’s iPhone after authorities banned the popular device this week in a bid to stop activists from documenting government violence. Following the move, Steve Jobs’s biological father, John Jandali, announced his support for the Syrian people on YouTube.

Lebanese website Al Nashara reports that the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry has issued a notice to activists in Syria to inform that using the iPhone is now forbidden. “The authorities warn anyone against using the iphone in Syria,” it read.

Syrian Authorities Ban The iPhone As Steve Jobs’s Dad Protests “Brutality And Killing” [Video]

One Syrian activist believes that those found using an iPhone in the country from now on will be treated as a spy:

“It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect.”

The move follows protests calling for political reforms and the reinstatement of civil rights in the region, which started on January 26. More than 4,000 people have been killed since protests began, according to The Next Web, and it is believed that iPhones are used to capture the violence and share it on the internet.

In a rather fitting move, Steve Jobs’s biological father, John Jandali, announced his support for the Syrian people today by joining the “Syrian Sit-in” on YouTube. Jandali said:

I am in solidarity with the Syrian people. I reject the brutality and killing that the Syrian authorities are committing against the unarmed Syrian people. And because silence is participation in this crime, I declare my participation in the Syrian Sit-in on YouTube.

Syrian Authorities Ban The iPhone As Steve Jobs’s Dad Protests “Brutality And Killing” [Video]

It’s unclear if other smartphones are allowed in Syria (which is unlikely), but it seems the iPhone has been singled out thanks to its popularity.

  • Jdsonice

    OK this is stupid beyond words. The Syrian Authorities are never going to be able to suppress the free will of the people iPhone or not. 

    And with all due respect the only reason to report on what Jandali is doing is because he is Steve’s father and not because he is doing something impressive. 

    This is called content free crap reporting.

  • iDaBoss

    Also known as regular cult of mac reporting.

  • Bob Forsberg

    This child deserting dirtbag doesn’t deserve press.

  • Toti

    bunch of idiots ruling a country. they have time for these stupid things but not to make real reforms or just quit and get lost

  • WSSNW

    I hope the Syrian people realize that in this case the government is referring to the iPhone the way people refer to Kleenex. I would hate for some person to get arrested because they were using an Android phone and didn’t realize that the government means smartphones not just iPhones.

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