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    The protest, organized by the Islamic Movement in Israel group, denounced the mockery of religion, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Thousands rallied in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth against the free circulation of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting Prophet Muhammad, the Haaretz newspaper reported.

    The protest, organized by the Islamic Movement in Israel group, was held on Saturday. The movement's leader Raed Salah and Mayor of Nazareth Ali Sallam, took part in the demonstration.

    "This event is not an act of protest against the insult to Prophet Muhammad, but rather an insult against all prophets everywhere, including Moses and Jesus," the Islamic Movement's deputy head Husam Abu Leil was quoted as saying by the Haaretz following the demonstration.

    Last week, the Israeli high court overturned an earlier supreme court justice decision to prohibit the Jewish nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party from distributing Charlie Hebdo's latest issue with Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

    The Haaretz cited Mayor Sallam calling on Charlie Hebdo's distributors to "apologize for such a serious insult" against the local and international Muslim communities.

    In January, Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo's headquarters in central Paris, including editorial staff.

    In response to the massacre, many media organizations reproduced the cover of a post-attack edition of the magazine, depicting Prophet Muhammad holding up a "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) sign, a slogan of solidarity with the slain Charlie Hebdo staff.

    The attack was followed by mass rallies in support of the freedom of the press in many cities in France and worldwide. However, a number of countries have seen thousands-strong demonstrations of Muslims, offended by Charlie Hebdo's cartoons.

    The satirical weekly has published its commemorative issue with the record print run of 3 million copies, followed by 2 million after it sold out in mid-January.

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