PARIS — A French nonprofit has launched a smart phone application for reporting anti-Semitic and other racist incidents.
The application released this week by LICRA, the France-based International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, allows users to photograph evidence such as offensive graffiti and send a geo-localized picture to LICRA for processing and removal by the authorities, the news site 20minutes.fr reported. The application also features a panic button which connects users with the police.
“You can’t fight racism and anti-Semitism in the 21st century as we did in the past,” LICRA President Alain Jakubowicz said.
“It’s a very good idea because it facilitates reporting, which in turn lends itself to treatment of the problem,” Jonathan Hayoun, president of France’s main Jewish student union, told JTA.