In an effort to prevent Syrian protesters from recording photos and videos of the violence occurring within the country and posting the material to social media, the Syrian government officially banned the Apple iPhone throughout the country.

Steve Jobs Father, a native Syrian, speaks out about the ban:

“I am in solidarity with the Syrian people,” said Abdulfattah John Jandali, Jobs’ biological father. “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.”

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Authorities threaten to confiscate and prosecute anyone found with an iPhone.

“It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect,” one unnamed activist toldIsraeli newspaper Haaretz.

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