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Israeli Arabs Protest 'Anti-Muslim Video'

Hundreds of Arabs protested Saturday in Israel against an amateur video that satirized the life of Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam.
By Chana Ya'ar and AFP
First Publish: 9/15/2012, 9:19 PM

Police hold shields against rock-throwing Arabs in Jerusalem Friday
Police hold shields against rock-throwing Arabs in Jerusalem Friday
Reuters

Hundreds of Arabs protested Saturday in Israel in solidarity with Muslims around the world against an amateur video produced in the US that satirized the life of the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam.

Approximately 100 protesters demonstrated peacefully in Nazareth, and about 250 other Israeli Arabs protested in other locations, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Some 150 Arabs demonstrated “almost without incident” in eastern Jerusalem near the U.S. Consulate, Samri said. One protester was arrested, she told the AFP news agency.

The rash of demonstrations was initiated by a call-out to the Israeli Arab public by the Islamic Movement, according to Israeli media reports. Marchers chanted the standard Islamic slogan, “With our blood and with our spirit we will sacrifice for you, Mohammed” as they demonstrated.

On Friday, hundreds of Arabs protested in eastern Jerusalem, where there were clashes with Israel Police. Around 60 Israeli Arabs participated in an Islamic Movement protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday as well.

The obscure video, which touched on themes of violence and sexuality, was released at least six months ago. However, it went completely unnoticed until an Arabic-language trailer of the film was posted to the Internet and was also broadcast on an Egyptian television channel a few days before the eleventh anniversary of the Al Qaeda "9/11" terror attack on the United States. 

Google has since blocked access to the video clip in Egypt -- where riots against the U.S. Embassy in Cairo entered a fourth day on Saturday -- as well as in Libya, where rioters murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats in a well planned attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, allegedly in reaction to the film, but obviously keyed to 9/11.