Arab-Israeli political, religious figures file suit to block anti-Muslim movie

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arab-Israeli lawmakers and mayors, as well as religious leaders, filed a lawsuit that would require Google to remove an anti-Muslim movie from YouTube and block all Israeli access to it. 

The request to block access to “Innocence of Muslims,” which insults the Muslim Prophet Muhammad,  was filed Wednesday with the Jerusalem District Court, The Jerusalem Post reported. Google owns YouTube.

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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