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Steve Jobs' Biological Homeland Bans the iPhone

Syria warns activists against documenting government actions with Apple smartphone.

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The Syrian government reportedly doesn't want to adhere to Google's motto: Do no evil.

The Middle Eastern country -- in the midst of cracking down on political dissidents -- has reportedly outlawed the use of Apple's iPhone in the country.

The move is ironic considering Syria's favorite American son, Steve Jobs, is behind the phone. Jobs was born to a Syrian immigrant to America, whose family still lives in Homs.

"Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave on learning that his iconic device is banned in his home country," a Syrian protester told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Jobs' biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, also spoke out in a YouTube video about his country banning his son's invention.

The news is not likely to be a boon to Google's Android alternative either.

Although no other phones have been banned yet, a move to block other smartphones could be coming.

Instead the Syrian government's Finance Ministry sent a letter to activists in neighboring Beirut, Lebanon warning them that iPhone use is no longer allowed in Syria.

The government reportedly does not want activists documenting the crackdown on the protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad, who has ruled the country for 11 years.

The United Nations estimates that more than 4,000 people have been killed in country since Syrian citizens joined the protests that began sweeping the Arab world last Spring.

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