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