Apple Suppresses Jewish App Worldwide




A top selling but controversial smart phone App in the Apple iTunes Store has been withdrawn worldwide following an out-of-court settlement of two cases brought in Paris against the U.S. technology giant.

Johann Levy the writer of the controversial iPhone App

The App in question — Juif-ou-pas-Juif (Jewish or not Jewish? and says the author, created as a way of celebrating Jewishness) was designed for Apple iPods and iPhones. However as a result of a media cloudburst of horreur and anger rivalling the flood that floated Noah’s Ark, Apple was forced to take down the App from its iTunes Store in France.

As a result of all the bad publicity however, sales of the App outside France reportedly soared — it was described in one news report as a top seller in the iTunes Store —  although Johann Levy, the Franco-British IT engineer from Marseilles, who wrote the App, declined to disclose how many he had sold.

This was apparently because, in a remarkable climb-down, Apple agreed to remove the item from its stores worldwide in exchange for French pressure groups dropping their court proceedings against the U.S. technology giant.

Earlier on October 27 proceeding had been launched in the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance by the plaintiff — Licra- Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme. Meanwhile four other associations, SOS Racisme, le MRAP, L’UEJF and J’Accuse launched a parallel court application against Apple Inc. , the U.S. parent company and against the author of the application seeking a court order for the App to be withdrawn from sale worldwide including in the U.S. They also wanted  it deleted remotely by Apple from every iPod and iPhone which had purchased it anywhere in the world. What Apple agreed on this latter demand has not been publicised.

Despite an initial strong defence case outlined by French litigators from the Paris office of the international litigation firm Morgan Lewis who described the applicants demands on deletion, as a “flagrant violation of property rights”, Apple apparently decided to back off challenging the applicability of a Paris court outcome on this matter on other jurisdictions and keeled over without further fight.

A report in Le Figaro said the application “Jew or no Jew” posted on August 9, proposed a list of 3,500 individuals of Jewish origin or religion. It was removed from sale in France by Apple on September 14 , and this action was subsequently extended to the whole of Europe on October 18, but it remained available elsewhere. However on November 23 the court proceedings against Apple were dropped by all applicants apparently following an agreement by Apple to remove the App from its sites world wide.

Approached by FrenchNewsOnLine Mr. Levy said: “I am just happy that all this is now behind me. They (the applicants in the two court hearings) wanted me to remove the App worldwide from iTunes stores and I have done so.

“I am not at liberty to tell you how many were sold since all the publicity started nor how much was earned (the app could be downloaded in European iTunes stores for 0.79 euros) but as part of the agreement I have donated all proceeds to a French charity dedicated to remembering the Holocaust.

“The problem with the App in terms of French law was that in designing it for fast use I let every user download the entire database with the App, and that is where the French data protection laws kicked in. If I had say set up a server outside of Europe and loaded the database onto it and then just the linked the App to the website there would not have been a problem.

“After all the information that I included is freely available from many sources on the Internet which is where I gathered it in the first place. And there are books out there that do the same thing. Just look for instance at Le Judaïsme pour les Nuls (Judaism for Dummies) whose author — David Blatner — says Jews like to know who other Jews are and what they have achieved and his lists have never been questioned.”

Books that spread information similar to the digital delivery of the iApp are happily no longer burnt in these days of enlightenment!

Story: Ken Pottinger
editorial@french-news*-online.com

Editorial Note:
The issue of the App and the engineered outcry against it once again highlights the fragility of rights and freedoms in liberal democracy and the freedom of each individual being compatible with the freedom of all in the society. This online newspaper in common with other media across Europe has frequently flagged up the ease with which Europe’s victim-hood industry and those who delight in taking offence on behalf of others, are all too easily able to restrict freedom of expression and other hard-won democratic freedoms, often in the name of hard-left imposed politically correct dogma.

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