Jerusalem District Court Judge Miriam Mizrachi on Thursday, declined to honor a request from MK Talab el-Sana, who was seeking to have the court compel Google to block access to the controversial video “Innocence of Muslims” on its YouTube channel, as it has done in a number of Arab countries. Joining el-Sana in filing his petition were the mayors of a number of Arab municipalities and religious leaders.
Attorneys for Google, which owns YouTube, explained the company is not responsible for content that is published on the YouTube video sharing site, third party content. It was further explained the company is not responsible for searches conducted by those using Google.
The court denied the request for the temporary injunction to ban the content in Israel for the time being, setting a hearing date for October 15, 2012. Google must respond to the petition by October 9th.
After the hearing, el-Sana told the media the court was wrong and he fears that as a result, there will be violence for the court failed to take the minimum step to prevent this from occurring. He basically signaled the Islamic community to begin a violent response to the court’s inaction.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)