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Hezbollah calls for law criminalizing insults to Islam, other religions
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An image grab taken from Lebanon's Manar TV shows Hezbollah chief Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah delivering a televised speech on September 16, 2012, calling for series of protests in Lebanon over a US-made film that mocks Islam.
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:7PM
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Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has called for international laws criminalizing insults to Abrahamic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Addressing hundreds of thousands of Lebanese protesters, angry over an anti-Islam film produced in the US, Nasrallah said on Monday that Arab and Islamic governments should press for an enforceable international law banning insults to Islam and other religions.

Nasrallah said lack of such laws has resulted in the production of the US film that insults Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

He also urged the removal of the sacrilegious film from the Internet and warned about the dire consequences of broadcasting the entire film.

"We witnessed the Islamic world's outrage over a 15-minute movie. What will happen if the whole film is shown?," Nasrallah asked in a surprise public appearance in Beirut.

On Sunday, Hezbollah leader called for a week of protests across Lebanon over the insulting movie.

He said that followers of Islam will not be silent in the face of the humiliation and that the world needs to know that "We sacrifice our lives for our Prophet".

The movie has sparked anti-US protests across the world, including in Pakistan, Afghanistan Yemen, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt and many other countries.

Angry protesters have also attacked US embassies in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Sudan, torching the US flags. Following the attacks, Washington evacuated most of its diplomatic staff from Libya to Germany and closed its Yemen embassy.

US missions are on high alert across the Muslim world as anger grows over the insulting movie.

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