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Israel’s information minister, Yuli Edelstein, sent the request in an email to Steve Jobs, the chief executive of the American iPhone maker.

“Intifada” is the Arabic term for two violent uprisings against Israel over the past two decades. The free application encourages its followers to share opinions and organize protests against Israel.

It is linked to a website that, among other things, helped organize violent clashes with Israeli troops recently along Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria.

AUTO

Study: Chrysler vehicles improve, but results vary

DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC, operated by Italy’s Fiat SpA, has improved its vehicle lineup, but five of the U.S. automaker’s eight models tested by Consumer Reports remained “mediocre,” the magazine said Tuesday.

The Dodge Durango SUV and Charger sedan improved the most and both vehicles received “very good” marks. Both models were redesigned under Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.

Testers were unimpressed with the Chrysler 200 sedan, the Dodge Avenger and Journey, and the Jeep Compass and Patriot, Consumer Reports said, adding that they scored at or near the bottom of their respective categories.

The Chrysler Town & Country scored well but fell short of the best minivans, the magazine said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports