Last updated: 22 September, 2012

Jerusalem Palestinians protest against anti-Islam film and Mohammed cartoons

About 500 Palestinians on Saturday staged what banners proclaimed a “Festival of the followers of Mohammed” in east Jerusalem in protest against French cartoons and a US-made film offensive to Islam.

“We are all faithful to Mohammed” and “Mohammed the Prophet of Islam,” read the banners, brandished alongside flags of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement and the rival Islamist Hamas, in the city’s Issawiya neighbourhood, an AFP journalist said.

Police did not intervene in the rally, which included a marching band, he added.

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published cartoons portraying Mohammed naked, further fuelling earlier protests over the US-made film “Innocence of Muslims” which have raged since September 11, leaving dozens dead worldwide.