Iranian Mobile App Targeting Haifa Released on ‘Death to Israel’ Day

By Kathleen Brown | July 15, 2015 | 1:03pm EDT


Screenshot of the "Missile Strike" app released in Iran on Quds Day. (Times of Israel)

( -- An Iranian mobile phone gaming app that simulates missile attacks on the Israeli port city of Haifa was released Friday to commemorate Quds Day, an international day of protest against Israel established by Iran in 1979.

The Iranian-based Fars News Agency (FNA) reported the unveiling of the anti-Israel cell phone game called “Missile Strike” on Quds Day, also known as “Death to Israel Day.”

The game’s developer, Mehdi Atash Jaam, told FNA that “the anti-Zionist game displays Iran's missile power and the Zelzal, Zolfaqar and Sejjil missiles (all built in Iran) are used by the players in the game's first stage.”

After penetrating Israel’s air defense, “Missile Strike” players launch Iranian-made missiles at northern Israel from Lebanon. Players specifically target Haifa, Israel’s third largest city.

The game was released amid Quds Day protests Friday, the deadline for the conclusion of negotiations between the U.S., Iran, and other world powers in Vienna to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

The developer also explained that the app was created in “retaliation” against the console game, “Battlefield,” which features attacks on Tehran and its Milad Tower.

However, “Battlefield” was not created by an Israeli, but by Swedish developer DICE, a subsidiary of the American video game distributor Electronic Arts (EA).

During the Friday protests, Iranians expressed violent sentiments against Israel and the United States.

Protestors across Iran chanted “Death to Israel,” and “Death to America,” and burning the flags of both nations.

Negotiators struck a deal Tuesday. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called the deal “a new chapter” for Iran, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “stunning historic mistake,” according to the Associated Press. 

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