French nonprofit launches app for reporting anti-Semitism

June 12, 2013 13:42

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 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.

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