The Palestinian Information Center (PIC), which claims to serve as the media arm of Hamas, has a free application on iTunes that provides access to the latest news and statements by Hamas.
The app, released in Sept 2012, can be accessed by searching iTunes for the term “Hamas” only in Arabic. The app is available for both the iPhone and iPad. The app provides a selection of news from the PIC and also acts as a gateway to the PIC website.
PIC, established in December 1997, states on its English language pages that it is “an independent Palestinian organization.” The Arabic version of its website, however, describes itself as “the mouthpiece of resistance, Hamasa and Jihad.”
The PIC website, which provides links to various Hamas affiliated websites, features the latest issues of Qassamyoon, the magazine of Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas. The magazine glorifies terrorism and includes military instructions on how to engage with “the enemy.”
One article on the website reads in part, “Why do Zionists exaggerate in showing their hate towards Hitler? Is it because of their Holocaust allegation and their attempt to gain the sympathy of the world, or are there other reasons that fuel up this hatred?”
In July, ADL exposed a similar smartphone application launched by Hezbollah. That application, which provided access to Hezbollah’s satellite television station, al-Manar, was promptly removed by Apple and Google.