The demonstration, which was peaceful, was led by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, a radical group headed by Sheikh Raed Salah. Protesters held up signs and blasted the US for allowing the movie, which protrays the Islamic prophet Mohammad in an unflattering light, to be made.
On Wednesday, the movement released a statement calling on Muslims to respond to the film.
Earlier Thursday, Ambassador Dan Shapiro said he was confident in the security around the US Embassy.
US President Barack Obama ordered security around American interests beefed up after the protests.
Israeli Arab Knesset members on Thursday blasted the movie, and warned of dire repercussions if the UN fails to take steps. MK Talab Sana (United Arab List) said that “if the UN does not mobilize to stop this erosion, it will be Armageddon.”
MK Ahmed Tibi called the movie a “contemptible and despicable film whose intention is to light the fires of hatred on the backdrop of the rising wave of Islamophobia in the West.”
Sana blamed “Zionist forces” for the intensifying the hatred of Islam for political purposes. “The person behind this abomination,” Sana said, “does not realize the place held by the prophet Mohammad in the identity and the dignity of Muslims.” He further blamed the West for encouraging the demonization of Muslims and of Islam.
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