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Filmmaker Whose ‘Innocence of Islam’ Started Riots in Benghazi, Cairo, Went Underground

The raid of a U.S. consulate in Libya followed a protest in Egypt where demonstrators scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy, tore down the American flag and burned it.
A Screenshot from "Innocence of Islam" (see 2 video clips)

A Screenshot from "Innocence of Islam" (see 2 video clips)

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Filmmaker Sam Bacile has provoked strong protests in recent days, protests which have already claimed the life of an American consulate employee in Benghazi, Libya. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Bacile said that he went into hiding for fear that Islamic radicals would try to hurt him because his video, titled “Innocence of Islam,” showing the Prophet Mohammed as a skirt chaser who favored the sexual exploitation of children.

“Islam is a cancer. Period,” said Bacile in the call, made, he claimed, from his hiding place. He said he only wanted to send a message. The provocative filmmaker is a 56-year-old real estate man, describing himself as an Israeli Jew – though that claim of Israeli citizenship is unconfirmed and doubted by some. He explained that the film would help Israel by revealing the expansionism of Islam in the world and the danger of it.

Following news of the new film, gunmen attacked the consulate compound in Benghazi on Tuesday evening, clashing with and overwhelming Libyan security forces with heavy fire. Reuters reporters on the scene saw looters raiding the compound, walking off with desks, chairs and washing machines. A security official said a fire was burning inside the consulate and that staff had been evacuated. Three injured members of the Libyan security forces taken away in an ambulance.

The gunmen emerged from a crowd that was protesting a film they said was blasphemous.

The raid in Libya followed a protest in Egypt where demonstrators scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy, tore down the American flag and burned it.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a hasty response, probably in an attempt to prevent what later took place in Benghazi:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions… We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

But an administration official told Politico, “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton subsequently issued a statement of her own, saying:

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

“Innocence of Islam” cost $5 million dollars and was funded by more than 100 Jewish donors. It was written and directed by Bacile, filmed in 2011, and is two hours long. The production employed 59 actors.

The only full screening to date has been in front of a half-empty theater in Hollywood. The parts of it that were uploaded to YouTube have already caused a wave of protests across the Muslim world.

Referring to the killing of a U.S. consulate worker in Benghazi, Libya, Bacile said: “I feel that the security system in these embassies is not good. America needs to do something to change it.”

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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56 Responses to “Filmmaker Whose ‘Innocence of Islam’ Started Riots in Benghazi, Cairo, Went Underground”

  1. Moshe Malul says:

    Mass Wedding Organized By Hamas in Gaza 450 girls 6-9 years old.:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BRzhB1BjKQ

  2. It is not that hard to put something together showing just the bad things of various groups because every religion or other large group of people does some bad things. One could also make a video showing such things as Orthodox Jews throwing stones at women who dress in ways of which the Orthodox disapprove. Such videos do not justify violent behavior by those depicted in the videos but that does not mean that producing such videos is a good or beneficial activity. In particular, the chance that "the film would help Israel by revealing the expansionism of Islam in the world and the danger of it" is approximately equal to the chance that the Messiah is going to announce his existence via a tweet on Twitter this coming Yom Kippur. The number of people who will feel more negative toward Islam and more postive toward Judaism due to this video will most likely be outnumbered by those who will conclude, after watching the video, that Israelis are crazy bigotted radicals.

  3. Hayat Muaref says:

    After every problem that concerns Islam now a days , Israel is behind all the problems , they will never stop , they instigate the problem an fuel Muslims to react in violence , and they say terrorists , they r violent , look at what you are putting out , this was made by stupid idiots , how can you judge a religion when u know nothing about it , everything that was played in this video was FALSE , I think hell is to good of a place for people like you, this is disgusting an outrageous, ignorance ignorance ignorance ignorance ignorance!

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    There is no more excuse for this kind of extremist hate propaganda than there was for the Mubarak regime to produce a film version of Protocols of the Elders of Zion. While there is absolutely no excuse for violent terrorism, just because someone else lit the match does not mean that the people who spread the gasoline are innocent!

  5. Bill Meadema says:

    Your an idiot if you believe Israel is behind this and all the violence that the arab community has pontificated…REMEMBER 9/11 and who was behind it…Muslim terrorists!

  6. Amade Camal says:

    Bacile and is finance supporters (jews) show they ignorance and radicalism.The violence are consequence of radicals opportunistics infiltraded at peacefull demonstrations.

  7. Ikhlas Jaber says:

    I think this is the most disgusting and disrespectful movie I've every seen, to portray a picture of Islam or any religion or it's prophet

  8. Ikhlas Jaber says:

    It just shows how ignorant these kinds of people are

  9. Amade Camal says:

    estes actos provocativos, fazem parte de estrategias conspirativas eleitorais nos USA afim de afectar um dos candidatos. Os Israelitas/Judeus estao sempre disponivel, e os Muculmanos sempre prontos a reagir na flor da pele.Temos que ser mais inteligentes, usar e nao sermos usados.

  10. Hayat Muaref says:

    can u tell me how many jews died on september 11????? i can answer that for u …………..>>>>>>>>>>>>> 0

  11. Hayat Muaref says:

    Bringing up september 11 an comparing to this stupid movie is insulting not only to muslim people its insulting americans that died on that day , you people cant compare the anything to september,11 , it was a sad day in history for those american people I should know ,stop using september,11 to get anyone to feel sorry for you, they do not share you're views about this , stop instigating between Islam an USA,

  12. Hayat Muaref says:

    Bill Meadema In america when you want to make a movie , you do research , thats what many of the news media were saying as well as film makers.

  13. Fatimah Rafati says:

    Agreed 100 percent!!! Well said hayat :)

  14. Bill Meadema says:

    Many Jews died in those towers on 9/11 when those islamic terrorists flew the planes into them. You are very niave if you think no Jews died… Hayat and Fatimah; please stay away from the USA…we don't want your type in our country nor do I want to support your country(s) anymore…

  15. BS”D
    I find tragic that the ‘prejudices’ of someone else would cause the suffering of others. Religious intolerance is the problem. Sadly the same way too many people portray and misrepresent Islam today is very similar to how Judaism and the Jewish people were portrayed by anti-Semitic propaganda through hisotry. Tragic!!! May the Eternal One makes us intruments of peace.
    shalom uvrakha
    Frantz

  16. Seems he is an Egyptian Copt and not a Jew!

  17. Hayat how many Jews participated in killing Muslim diplomats after Egypt put out the series on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? I know how many zero and as to your stupid post about Jews Killed on 9/11 learn how to read and see the victim lists. You are so brainwashed that you may be hopeless. I have a suggestion reas something other than the Koran!

  18. Ethan Perks says:

    I looked up Sam Bacile on line. It's not his real name. Sources further said he's not Israeli and likely not a Jew. It's beginning to look like this film (if indeed their is a film, beyond the YouTube clip) is part of a disinformation opp to incite ant- US, anti-Jewish fervor in the Islamic world. That doesn't take much effort and appears to be working.

  19. Ethan Perks says:

    Bill; Hayat is not an idiot. That could be forgiven. He's a rabid anti-semite, a common theme among the worlds Muslems.

  20. It's sad to see the one guy on here blaming another race of people ( In this case Israel ) for his own religious problems.

  21. Julane Jazzique says:

    What about having self control over your emotions? Killing is never justified over hurt feelings. One would have to say grow up.

  22. Julane Jazzique says:

    Now that makes perfect sense.

  23. This guy is, hands down, nuts…

  24. Fatimah Rafati says:

    I was born and raised in san antonio TX so im sorry Im not going any where. And by type what do u mean? I am a american muslim and I am proud to be an american muslim. Just because you see one act from certain people does NOT MEAN every single other person is doing those acts as well. You cant label a certain type of people Just by there race and where they come from or how they dress. People here treat me with respect and I respect other races as well. My friends are mexican, jewish, muslim, chinese you name it!and we love each other as equal people :) also I respect the people that died on those twin towers.

  25. Can't disagree with that …

  26. Kamrujjaman Kazi says:

    true but still it is hide.

  27. Hayat Muaref says:

    Oh wow I love that you believe that jews were killed in those towers, an were not going anywhere I gotta be you're worst nightmare I'm a PALESTINIAN- AMERICAN I know are kind will be around to keep ur kind in line :)

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