Police: E. J'lem woman attacks officer over film

Authorities arrest east Jerusalem resident who allegedly protested anti-Islam film by attempting to stab a policeman.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
September 23, 2012 16:14
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A protest after Friday prayers in Jerusalem

East Jerusalem protest 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

 
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Jerusalem police arrested a 32-year-old Arab woman early on Sunday morning after she tried to stab a police officer outside the station on Sultan Sulieman Street. The woman, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, arrived at the Shalem police station located across from the Flowers Gate, around 6:30 AM.

The woman arrived outside the police station grasping a knife, raising the suspicions of the police officer making the rounds in a squad car. When she tried to enter the police station with the knife hidden in her clothes, one of the officers apprehended her and took the knife away before she could injure anyone.

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The woman was detained for questioning. During the initial investigation, she told police she wanted to stab a policeman to protest the “Innocence of Muslims” film and the situation in the Palestinian territories.

Deputy police spokeswoman Shlomit Bajshi said the woman did not have a criminal or political past and was not known to police. She was remanded on Sunday in the Jerusalem magistrates court.

The trailer for the film “The Innocence of Muslims” has provoked outburst of violence and protests across the Arab world, including an attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Furious protesters have also stormed US embassies in cities across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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