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'Peace Now' Launches Snitch App, Samaria Says Thanks

Anti-settlement group's iPhone application renders 123 Jewish communities. Samaria spokesman thinks it's all for the better.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/28/2010, 9:01 PM / Last Update: 9/28/2010, 8:51 PM

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Ebullient Samaria spokesman David Ha'ivri issued a statement thanking Peace Now for a new iPhone application that tracks Jewish settlement activity in Judea and Samaria. 
 
“We would like to thank Peace Now for launching this great new app that will enable people around the world to appreciate the facts on the ground,” Ha'ivri told his 4,000 friends on the online social network Facebook. “The Jewish communities in Yehuda and Shomron are here to stay,” he wrote. “We are glad to host real-life tours through the region and now thanks to the app people can learn more about our communities from wherever they might be.”
 
One of Ha'ivri's Facebook friends, Moriah Steiner, proudly declared: "I can determine by this iphone app, just which settlement I prefer to live in when I make Aliyah." Another frioend noted that the map could educate people as to the strategically disastrous narrowness of Israel's borders without Judea and Samaria.
 
"It's obvious [Peace Now's] agenda is to make the information available to hurt us,'' Ha'ivri told the Christian Science Monitor, "but it can be used to our advantage, because our supporters are interested. People who are in the middle don't understand our communities are not just a couple of kids on a hilltop. They'll understand these are permanent communities and can't be moved around like a Monopoly game."
 
"Facts on the Ground" directs iPhone users to PeaceNow's website, where an interactive map allows users to zoom in on Google satellite images of 123 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The map also includes links to videos and additional layers that denote “illegal outposts” (but only Jewish ones) and the security fence that stops suicide bombers from murdering Israelis.