Israeli Arabs Petition Google to Remove anti-Islam Film

Member of Knesset and community leaders demand Google remove video that sparked rioting throughout the world; France to shut down embassies after magazine publishes caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.

An Israeli Arab lawmaker and community leaders filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court Wednesday, demanding Google remove from YouTube an anti-Islam video which has sparked rioting throughout the world.

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.

Earlier on Wednesday, the French government said that it planned on temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, after a French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed by portraying him naked in cartoons.

The move threatened to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depicting him as a womanizing buffoon.

Riot police were deployed to protect the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after it hit the newsstands with a cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing the turbaned figure of Mohammed in a wheelchair. On the inside pages, several caricatures of the Prophet showed him naked.

The French government had urged the magazine not to print the images.


Palestinian protesters during demonstration against an anti-Islam film - AFP - September 18, 2012.