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Apple drops ‘Jew or not Jew’ iPhone app

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Apple drops ‘Jew or not Jew’ iPhone app

11.25.11 12:43 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- French anti-racism groups dropped an anti-Semitism lawsuit against Apple now that the company dropped the "Jew or not Jew" cellphone application.

The French Jewish Students Union and anti-racist groups SOS Racisme and Mrap brought the suit against Apple, demanding it remove the application from online stores worldwide, Radio France Internationale reported.

"Listed for you, thousands of Jewish personalities [through their mother], 'half-Jewish' [through their father], or converts," is how the app was described by creator Johann Levy.

Rights groups dropped their suits "after the withdrawal of the application from every country in the world, which satisfies our demand," the groups' lawyer Stephane Lilti said in court Thursday.

"I'm satisfied that Mr. Levy has belatedly repented and taken the wise decision to withdraw the application," Lilti said, speaking for the rights groups.

The Apple removed the app from its French online store Sept. 14 and from all online stores Oct. 18, but the International League Against Racism and anti-Semitism further demanded Apple remove the application from devices on which it had been installed previously.

"Where is the anti-Semitism in this case?" Apple lawyer Catherine Muyl said during a hearing with the LICRA on Nov. 17, saying, "This is not a discrimination case."

"When Johann Levy conceived his application, he was worried that it would be perceived as too 'pro-Jewish,'" Muyl explained.

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