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Request by Arab-Israeli political, religious figures to block anti-Muslim movie denied

JTA

September 20, 2012 | 10:08 am

A Jerusalem court denied a request filed by Arab-Israeli lawmakers and mayors, as well as religious leaders, that would have required Google to remove an anti-Muslim movie from YouTube and block all Israeli access to it.

The request to the Jerusalem District Court to issue an injunction to block access to "Innocence of Muslims," which insults the Muslim Prophet Mohammad,  was filed Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported. Google owns YouTube.

The court ordered a full hearing for Oct. 15 on the request, but declined to block access to the movie and its trailer until the hearing, according to the newspaper.

The lawsuit said that access to the movie is incitement to racism against Muslims, which violates Israel's Penal Code, among other charges.

Access to the video has been blocked in several Muslim countries. A 14-minute trailer of the movie dubbed in Arabic has sparked riots throughout the Arab world and in Arab communities in other countries. The backlash led to the killing of four American diplomats in Libya.

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