Protesters rally at US embassies in Libya, Egypt over film that offends Islam

Introduction – September 12, 2012

We note that this film seems deliberately provocative. Like the cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed some years ago, it has been made to intentionally inflame Muslim sensibilities.
The corporate media largely overlooked the fact that the publisher of those cartoons, Fleming Rose, was a disciple of Daniel Pipes, advocate of the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ theory and member of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).
For those who don’t know, it was the PNAC that issued the call for a “new Pearl Harbour” in the months before 9/11.
As Christopher Bollyn wrote when the cartoons were published:

“Under the guise of free speech, a leading Danish newspaper published a dozen provocative anti-Islamic cartoons clearly designed to offend Muslims. The predictable result has greatly increased the possibility of violence and left Denmark in a costly and dangerous predicament.

“Four months after Jyllands-Posten (JP), Denmark’s most widely read morning paper, published 12 anti-Islamic cartoons, Danes woke up to the fact that there is a very high price to be paid for promoting the “clash of civilizations.”

Interestingly, Flemming Rose, a Ukrainian born Jew, has also been linked to Mossad.
This film follows a similar pattern. Made by an Israeli-American real estate developer, Sam Bacile, it protrays the Prophet Mohammed in a blaphemous light, calling for massacres and having sex.
Meanwhile Morris Sadek, an American Coptic Christain well known for his anti-Islamic veiws, is promoting the film.
The fact that the Coptic Church has distanced itself from Sadek’s work should sound alarm bells. All the more so as the film’s promoter’s full name is Morris Sadek Israel. Don’t ask us why the film’s promoter is so named but like the publisher of the blasphemous cartoons depicting Mohammed, Morris Sadek seems to have his own – hidden – agenda; an agenda that seems primarily aimed at inciting conflict between Christians and Islam.
Like the cartoon’s that depicted the Prophet, this film seems deliberately intended to incite Muslims. The corporate media pointedly overlooks this although filmmaker Sam Bacile’s comments make it pretty obvious. In his words:

“After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad.”

Also see Gilad Atzmon’s:

A New Hasbara Production 

Protesters rally at US embassies in Libya, Egypt over film that offends Islam

AP – September 12, 2012

AN armed mob protesting over a film they say offends Islam has attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, set fire to the building and killed one American, witnesses say.

The attack comes on the same day as a similar group of hardliners waving black banners attacked the US embassy in Cairo and tore down the US flag, but it was not immediately clear if the two incidents were co-ordinated.

The Cairo protest was sparked by outrage over a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the US, clips of which are available on the social website YouTube and dubbed in Egyptian Arabic. The video depicts Mohammed as a fraud, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that a State Department official had been killed in the attack, saying ‘We are heartbroken by this terrible loss.”

Ms Clinton did not name the man who was killed but said in a statement Washington was working with countries around the world to protect its missions.

Libya’s deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharef told AFP: “One American official was killed and another injured in the hand. The other staff members were evacuated and are safe and sound.”

He could not say if the dead man was a diplomat.

Abdelmonoem al-Horr, spokesman for the Libyan interior ministry’s security commission, said rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the consulate from a nearby farm. Security forces and the interior ministry are trying to contain the situation, he added.

The protests also came on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, when US cities were targeted by hijacked planes.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “We condemn in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission.”

US officials were working with the Libyans to secure the compound, Ms Nuland said, adding that the earlier protest against the US embassy in Cairo, in which demonstrators scaled the walls, had now ended.

“Demonstrators attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. They fired shots in the air before entering the building,” Libya’s deputy interior minister, Wanis al-Sharif Sharif, who is in charge of the country’s eastern region, told AFP.

“Dozens of demonstrators attacked the consulate and set fire to it,” said a Benghazi resident, who only gave his name as Omar, adding that he had seen the flames and heard shots in the vicinity.

Another Libyan witness said armed men had closed the streets leading up to the consulate, among them ultra-conservative Salafists.

The Libyan incident came as thousands of Egyptian demonstrators tore down the Stars and Stripes at the US embassy in Cairo and replaced it with a black Islamic flag, similar to one adopted by several militant groups.

It was the first time ever that the US Embassy in Cairo has been breached and comes as Egypt is struggling to overcome months of unrest following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic regime. US officials said no Americans were reported harmed in the assaults in Cairo or the eastern city of Benghazi.

The unrest in Cairo began when hundreds of protesters marched to the downtown embassy, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie and the US.

“Say it, don’t fear: Their ambassador must leave,” the crowd chanted.

Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, and several went into the courtyard and took down the flag from a pole. They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that tore it apart. The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with a Muslim declaration of faith, “There is no god but God and Mohammed is his prophet.” The flag, similar to the banner used by al-Qa’ida, is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region.

The crowd grew throughout the evening with thousands standing outside the embassy, chanting “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” A group of women in black veils and robes that left only their eyes exposed chanted, “Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Mohammed alone.”

Dozens of riot police lined up along the embassy walls but did not stop protesters from climbing the wall. But it appeared protesters were no longer going into the embassy compound. The US Embassy said on its Twitter account that there would be no visa services on Wednesday because of the protests.

Muslims find it offensive to depict Mohammed in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries.

The Cairo embassy is located in a diplomatic area in Garden city, where the British and Italian embassies are located, only a few blocks away from Tahrir Square, the centre of last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The US Embassy is built like a fortress, with a wall several meters high. But security has been scaled back in recent months, with several roadblocks leading to the facility removed after legal court cases by residents complaining their access to nearby streets was blocked.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry promised in a statement to provide the necessary security for diplomatic missions and embassies on its territory and warned that “such incidents will negatively impact the image of stability in Egypt, which will have consequences on the life of its citizens.”

One protester Hossam Ahmed said he was among those who entered the embassy compound and replaced the American flag with the black one. He said the group has now removed the black flag from the pole and laid it instead on a ladder on top of the wall.

A young bearded man, Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim said, “This is a very simple reaction to harming our prophet.”

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the US was working with Egyptian authorities to try to restore order.

Only a few staff members were still inside, as embassy security had sent most staff home early after learning of the upcoming protest, a US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to speak publicly on the matter.

Sam Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction.

Speaking from a telephone with a California number, he said the film was produced in English and he doesn’t know who dubbed it in Arabic.

“The main problem is I am the first one to put on the screen someone who is (portraying) Mohammed. It makes them mad,” he said.

“But we have to open the door. After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad.”

He said many of the film’s cast quit half way through the production, which he started “three or four” years ago, because they were afraid of Muslims.

He said the film also addresses the persecution of Copts in Egypt and blames the US and its allies for fighting Muslims. “The US should fight the ideology, not the people.”

Morris Sadek, (full name Morris Sadek Israel) an Egyptian-born Christian in the US known for his anti-Islam views, told The Associated Press from Washington that he was promoting the video on his website and on certain TV stations, which he did not identify.

He said the video “explains the problems of the Copts who suffer from Muslims,” which he blamed on the Koran itself.

For several days, Egyptian media have been reporting on the video, playing some excerpts from it and blaming Mr Sadek for it, with ultraconservative clerics going on air to denounce it.

Medhat Klada, a representative of Coptic Christian organisations in Europe, said Mr Sadek’s views are not representative of expatriate Copts.

“He is an extremist … We don’t go down this road. He has incited the people (in Egypt) against Copts,” he said, speaking from Switzerland. “We refuse any attacks on religions because of a moral position.”

But he said he was concerned about the backlash from angry Islamists. “They don’t know dialogue and they think that Islam will be offended from a movie.”

AP/AFP

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