The Apple iPhone has been banned from Syria as the middle-eastern country is facing its ninth month of protests against the government. The Syrian government banned iPhones in an effort to crack down on activists that use the device to expose government abuse. The ban was issued by the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry.
Steve Jobs’ biological father John Jandali indicated that he is in favor of the protestors. In a video interview, he 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.”
In the Syria protestors, over 4,000 civilians have been killed. This past June the Syrian government had shut down the Internet and 3G mobile networks to prevent protestors from communicating with each other. Syria has banned the most foreign journalists from the country as well.