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PA asks Google to block anti-Islam video

Oct. 4, 2012 9:06 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2012 6:23 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority minister of justice has asked Google to block an anti-Islam video that sparked worldwide protests, his ministry announced on Thursday.

Ali Muhanna sent an official message to Google saying the clip breaches Palestinian law against offending religious sensibilities.

Google has refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite pressure from the White House and others to take it down, though the company has blocked the trailer in Egypt, Libya and several other countries.

The minister said he saw no reason the offensive film should be shown in the Palestinian territories when it has been blocked in other Muslim countries.

This kind of video cannot be considered part of freedom of speech, the ministry quoted his letter saying.

The film "Innocence of Muslims", clips of which were posted on the Internet, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and has provoked an outcry among Muslims and triggered violent attacks on embassies across North Africa and the Middle East.

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