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The anti-Islam film that sparked riots in Libya

by Brand & Martínez

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Moroccan women shout slogans during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam, on September 12, 2012 near the US consulate in Casablanca. A film at the center of anti-US protests in the Middle East which killed a diplomat was made by an Israeli-American who describes Islam as a 'cancer,' the Wall Street Journal reported. The movie, 'Innocence of Muslims,' was directed and produced by Sam Bacile, a 52-year-old real-estate developer from southern California who says Islam is a hateful religion. ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

The attacks on the U.S. Libyan embassy are believed to be caused by an anti-Islam film created by Sam Bacile. Bacile, described as a real estate developer, told the Wall Street Journal he is an Israeli-American and raised $5 million to finance his film, with the money coming from one hundred Jewish donors.

The movie has been characterized as amateur-ish and wooden. It includes scenes of Egyptian security forces standing by as Muslims burn the homes of Christians in Egypt, and portrays the Prophet Muhammad engaging in a variety of questionable behaviors.

The film, posted on YouTube since July, didn't attract much attention. At least not until last weekend, when Terry Jones, a controversial Gainesville, Florida preacher who in the past has led Koran-burnings, began promoting it.


Nathan Lean, Middle East scholar and the author of "The Islamophobia Industry"

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