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Palestinians protest anti-Islam film

Palestinian Authority's religious endowments ministry organises peaceful protest in Ramallah against anti-Islam film

AFP , Monday 17 Sep 2012
Palestinian Hamas supporters burn an Israeli flag and an effigy of Morris Sadek during a protest in Gaza City as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Hundreds of Palestinians on Monday staged a peaceful protest in Ramallah against an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent demonstrations in the Muslim world.

Participants of the sit-in, organised by the Palestinian Authority's Waqf (religious endowment) and held outside its offices, held signs saying "We are against those who oppose you Mohammed" and "Do not touch our Prophet."

Speaking at the event, Waqf minister Mahmoud Habbash called on the United States to remove the film and apologise for it.

The low-budget, US-produced "Innocence of Muslims" movie has incited a wave of bloody anti-American violence in Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen and in several other countries across the Muslim world.

The film, in which actors have strong American accents, portrays Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent. It also pokes fun at the Prophet Mohammed and touches on themes of paedophilia and homosexuality.

On Saturday, hundreds of Israeli Arabs protested against the film, and on Friday thousands of Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip and hundreds in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where there were clashes with Israeli police.

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