Apple said Wednesday that an iPhone application called "Jew or Not Jew" which drew criticism from anti-racism and Jewish groups has been removed from the App Store in France.
"This app violates local law and is no longer available on the App Store in France," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AFP.
The application, which went on sale on August 9 and cost 0.79 euros, was denounced in France by SOS Racisme, Jewish groups and other organizations.
The app provided information about whether some 3,500 people from various walks of life in 50 countries were Jewish or not.
The creator of the application, Johann Levy, told AFP in Paris that he is Jewish and the app was not intended to be offensive.
On the contrary, he said, it was designed to "make Jews proud" when they find out that a "particular celebrity is also Jewish."
French laws enacted following World War II ban compiling information about religious affiliation without permission. Violators could face five years in prison and a fine of 300,000 euros.
Jews and Non-Whites need to develop a thicker skin. As a half Irish-half German, I get a kick out of Irish jokes. On "Family Guy". Like when the Griffins went to Ireland and the plane landed at Shannon Airport through a sea of empty beer bottles, I laughed.
A truly evolved person has the ability to laugh at himself and his people. I'm not saying this makes Whites superior, but what I am saying to all Non-Whites is, "Lighten up! It's just for fun. No one meant any harm, and no one intended to be insensitive."
Ironically enough, the idea for this game came from Harvey Levin, the producer of the Hollywood gossip show, "TMZ" (Thirty Mile Zone). Harvey makes no secret of the fact that he is Jewish. In fact, Jew, or Not A Jew used to be a segment of "TMZ" every now and again.
I say to everybody: LIGHTEN UP!
Note - If anyone listened to ANP Radio last evening, they know I wasn't on the show. It seems that that "family responsibility" that kept me from posting ended up become a near family tragedy involving the hospital. I don't want to go into it any more as it's personal family business, but all appears to A-Okay, but we got one hell of a scare for awhile. Unless things take a turn for the worse (which could happen), I will be on next Saturday.