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Silwan woman tries to stab officer 'over anti-Islam film'

East Jerusalem resident tried to knife officer at Shalem police station parking lot; police suspect attack linked to movie that sparked Muslim riots worldwide

A woman from east Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood tried to stab an officer at the parking lot of the Shalem police station on Sunday.


Police suspect the attack, which took place at around 7:30 am, was linked to the anti-Islam film 'Innocence of Muslims,' which mocks the prophet Mohammed.


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According to an initial investigation, the 32-year-old woman approached the police officer as he was walking in the parking lot and attempted to stab him with a knife. Following a short struggle the officer restrained the woman. No one was injured in the incident.


Arab youngsters recently rioted near the Old City's Damascus Gate in protest against the film, which sparked fierce riots by Muslim worldwide. The protesters began marching towards the US Consulate but were blocked by police officers who used stun grenades against them. Several officers were lightly injured by stones. Some protesters were detained.


On Thursday the Jerusalem District Court rejected a request filed by Arab leaders who sought a temporary injunction to block Israeli web access to the anti-Islam film.


In their petition, Knesset Member MK Talab El-Sana and several Muslim clerics demanded Google to bar Israeli web surfers from seeing the film, whether on YouTube or otherwise. A temporary injunction would stop Internet users from watching the movie while the court mulled a permanent ban.


Judge Miriam Mizrahi decided against provisionally blocking access to the film, deciding instead that the court would await a response from Google before issuing a final ruling on the matter.


"Freedom of speech is our guiding principle, and such things take time," she said.



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