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"