Apple drops Jewish/not Jewish app worldwide, says lawyer
French anti-racism groups have dropped anti-Semitism suits against Apple after it withdrew a "Jew or not Jew" iPhone app from its online stores worldwide, the groups' lawyer said on Thursday.
The French Jewish Students Union and anti-racist groups SOS Racisme, and Mrap had brought a suit against Apple in Paris demanding it withdraw the app worldwide.
"Listed for you, thousands of Jewish personalities (through their mother), 'half-Jewish' (through their father), or converts," the app's inventor Johann Levy promised potential buyers on the French Apple Store.
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.
Apple France was not immediately available for comment.
"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.
Apple on 14 September withdrew the app from its French online shop after an outcry from rights groups, who also demanded the California-based computer giant drop the app from its other stores.
On 18 October Apple withdrew the app from all its online stores in Europe, but the app, listing 3,500 Jewish personalities, was still available elsewhere in the world.
The International League Against Racism and anti-Semitism (LICRA) has also dropped its demand that Apple remove the app from all devices where it has already been installed.
"Where is the anti-Semitism in this case?" Apple's lawyer, Catherine Muyl, said during a hearing for the LICRA case on November 17, insisting that "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.