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Jerusalem - Israel Distances Itself From Prophet Muhammad Film

Published on: September 12, 2012 08:49 AM
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Egyptian protesters protest in front the US embassy, in Cairo, Egypt, 11 September 2012. Egyptian Islamists, angered by a film they say defames Prophet Mohammed, scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo in an unprecedented security breach.    Several protesters climbed up onto the walls of the embassy, tore down the US flag, and raised a black flag, before they were removed by security reinforcements who were rushed to the area.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQIEgyptian protesters protest in front the US embassy, in Cairo, Egypt, 11 September 2012. Egyptian Islamists, angered by a film they say defames Prophet Mohammed, scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo in an unprecedented security breach.  Several protesters climbed up onto the walls of the embassy, tore down the US flag, and raised a black flag, before they were removed by security reinforcements who were rushed to the area.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Jerusalem - The Israeli government is distancing itself from a filmmaker whose movie ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sparked a deadly riot at an American consulate in Libya, but says it will be “vigilant” at its diplomatic offices overseas.

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The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was produced by Sam Bacile, a 56-year-old California real estate developer who has said he’s both Israeli and American. The film depicts Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and madman.

Protesters offended by the movie stormed the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi late Tuesday, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Wednesday the film “has nothing to do whatsoever with Israel.” Still, he said Israel will “have to be vigilant.”

He would not say whether any extra precautions were taken.


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 Sep 12, 2012 at 09:23 AM KACH613 Says:

I thought this was a Jewish web-sight and you talk about "the Prophet Muhammad"?? Never read about him in Nach. In my opinion you should have wrote the Navi Sheker Muhammad or leave the word prophet out.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

They were smart to disassciate themselves immediately from a movie that clearly was designed to provoke a violent reaction in the muslim world and the bloodshed is already apparent. If we want yidden and yiddeshkeit to be respected and protected around the world, we must avoid advocating what would be regarded as blatant "apikorsus" against other religions, whether Islam or any other and treat them with the respect we demand for ourselves.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 09:47 AM GEULA Says:

anonymous:
while I don't think this movie is in best taste. Your hashkafos are so so so off that nebach on you and your generations. Firstly, the only reason we might search for respect from nations or the world is to be mekadesh shem shamayim; not for impressing them in itself. And about "blatant apikorsus"?????????? what in the world are you saying? there's a reason why yishmael and hagar were sent away from avraham's home. Read up on it and you'll understand the concept of "yishmael/perah adam" a bit better.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM Secular Says:

I think what # 1 is referring to, is the very cautious tone the media take in addressing arabs and muslims, where no such reverence is offered to christians or Jews.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

They were smart to disassciate themselves immediately from a movie that clearly was designed to provoke a violent reaction in the muslim world and the bloodshed is already apparent. If we want yidden and yiddeshkeit to be respected and protected around the world, we must avoid advocating what would be regarded as blatant "apikorsus" against other religions, whether Islam or any other and treat them with the respect we demand for ourselves.

What has Israel to do with an individual who depicts yenner as a low-life? By your logic, innocent people are responsible for what psycopaths do. Does that make sense?

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM FrumJew Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

They were smart to disassciate themselves immediately from a movie that clearly was designed to provoke a violent reaction in the muslim world and the bloodshed is already apparent. If we want yidden and yiddeshkeit to be respected and protected around the world, we must avoid advocating what would be regarded as blatant "apikorsus" against other religions, whether Islam or any other and treat them with the respect we demand for ourselves.

No religion other that Islam would react so violently, killing random people. Muslims are ALWAYS looking for an excuse to kill non-muslims. If you condemn the video, you're saying the violence was somewhat justified, which will just perpetuate violent muslim reactions.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
GEULA Says:

anonymous:
while I don't think this movie is in best taste. Your hashkafos are so so so off that nebach on you and your generations. Firstly, the only reason we might search for respect from nations or the world is to be mekadesh shem shamayim; not for impressing them in itself. And about "blatant apikorsus"?????????? what in the world are you saying? there's a reason why yishmael and hagar were sent away from avraham's home. Read up on it and you'll understand the concept of "yishmael/perah adam" a bit better.

The issue is not whether we beleive or don't believe their theological meshugaas, which clearly we don't. The only issue is whether we give voice to images and words that are certain to inflame bloodshed and risk the loss of life of Americans and Israelis. The term "apikorsus" was put im quotation marks for a reason. It was meant to convey what OTHERS would view as heresy within their theological prism not what yidden believe. I'd rather offend your hashkafah than risk even a single life.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
GEULA Says:

anonymous:
while I don't think this movie is in best taste. Your hashkafos are so so so off that nebach on you and your generations. Firstly, the only reason we might search for respect from nations or the world is to be mekadesh shem shamayim; not for impressing them in itself. And about "blatant apikorsus"?????????? what in the world are you saying? there's a reason why yishmael and hagar were sent away from avraham's home. Read up on it and you'll understand the concept of "yishmael/perah adam" a bit better.

According to Pirkei D'Rabi Elazar Avraham visited Yishmael and Hagar being Keturah is pretty much accepted as possible so what are you talking about.

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM si girl Says:

Reply to #6  
FrumJew Says:

No religion other that Islam would react so violently, killing random people. Muslims are ALWAYS looking for an excuse to kill non-muslims. If you condemn the video, you're saying the violence was somewhat justified, which will just perpetuate violent muslim reactions.

I agree with you 100 %. Their reactions are of wild animals

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM chickenegg Says:

did the film spark the riots?
or did the riots spark the film?

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 Sep 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM FredE Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The issue is not whether we beleive or don't believe their theological meshugaas, which clearly we don't. The only issue is whether we give voice to images and words that are certain to inflame bloodshed and risk the loss of life of Americans and Israelis. The term "apikorsus" was put im quotation marks for a reason. It was meant to convey what OTHERS would view as heresy within their theological prism not what yidden believe. I'd rather offend your hashkafah than risk even a single life.

Absolutely. This is foreseeable. Those killers are animals, no question.
But the filmmaker is guilty of provoking those rotzchim. Some day
he will have to answer for such a thing. A responsible adult finds
a different way to make a living.

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