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A woman from East Jerusalem attempted to stab an Israeli police officer on Sunday, in what police believe was a response to an anti-Islam film that has angered the Muslim world.

The woman, a 32-year-old resident of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, approached a police officer in the parking lot near a police station in East Jerusalem on Sunday morning and tried to stab him, but the policeman overpowered her and then took her in for questioning.

More than 30 people have been killed in the violent backlash over a 14-minute YouTube trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrates the Prophet Mohammed. The film is believed to have been produced by a small group of extremist Christians in the United States.

Last week, an Israeli Arab lawmaker and community leaders filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court, demanding Google remove the film from YouTube. The petitioners, led by parliamentarian Taleb a-Sana, hope to block all access to the film in Israel, according to reports.

They argued that publication of the film violates Israeli law because it offends the religious feelings of Muslims and constitutes incitement to racism against them. The petition was filed against Google, which owns YouTube.

On Friday September 14, Bedouin in Israel's Negev held a protest march against the film, one day after the northern branch of the Islamic Movement demonstrated against the film opposite the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, saying the U.S. government sponsors "little people" who hurt Islam and Muslims.

The protests in Israel came amid a wave of demonstrations across the Muslim world, including those in Egypt, Yemen and Libya, where U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.