Israel’s shadow hovers over anti-Islam film

By Jamal Kanj

Jamal Kanj detects signs of involvement by US-based pro-Israel Jewish and Christian fundamentalist groups in the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims”, and warns Muslims not to play “into the hands of those attempting to divide followers of religions who share the same reverence for Jesus and God”.

Zionists and right-wing Christian evangelists are exploiting freedom of speech in the United States by fuelling sedition and hate between two great religions, Islam and Christianity.

Simultaneously, right-wing religious elements are manipulating Muslim indignation so that lawful protests turn into demented violence.

In the US, it is argued that inflammatory speech is protected under the First Amendment of the constitution, but there is considerable hypocrisy here.

For example, I know of eight people who were unjustly dragged through Los Angeles federal courts for 15 years, accused of distributing less than 50 copies of a news magazine.

Nakoula, a bankrupt felon who spent 21 months in jail and was fined more than half a million dollars, lacked the financial resources to make the movie. His earlier assertions that he collected millions from Jewish donors provide possible clues about the real culprits.

It seems the latest anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”, is part of a trend designed to deceptively turn the memories of 9/11 into a lasting conflict between Islam and the West, just one facet in a calculated Zionist campaign to discredit anyone challenging Israel.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it emerged that the producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was only a front for a pro-Israeli US group.

Nakoula, a bankrupt felon who spent 21 months in jail and was fined more than half a million dollars, lacked the financial resources to make the movie. His earlier assertions that he collected millions from Jewish donors provide possible clues about the real culprits.

The unsubstantiated pro-Israeli media spin, which suggested his wife’s family in Egypt financed the film, is most likely a diversionary smokescreen to instigate a sectarian rift in Egypt.

Israeli pundits have been trying to divide Egypt for 30 years. In 1982 Kivunim (Directions), the official mouthpiece of the World Zionist Organization, published a treatise declaring that “Breaking Egypt down territorially into distinct geographical regions is the political aim of Israel”.

In addition, the timing of the film’s release was undoubtedly aimed to coincide with the US presidential election.

It couldn’t be just a coincidence that four years ago the Clarion Fund – a shadowy American, pro-Israel, non-profit, tax-exempt organization – produced a similar anti-Muslim movie called “Obsession: radical Islam’s war against the West.

It couldn’t be just a coincidence that four years ago the Clarion Fund – a shadowy American, pro-Israel, non-profit, tax-exempt organization – produced a similar anti-Muslim movie called “Obsession: radical Islam’s war against the West”.

As with this latest movie’s timing, seven weeks before the 2008 presidential election, the fund, along with the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), spent more than 17 million US dollars to distribute 28 million DVDs in a major mail campaign and inserting copies in more than 100 newspapers and magazines in swing-voter states.

The fund was founded by two Israeli-Canadian brothers, movie producer Raphael Shore and Rabbi Ephraim Shore of the Aish Hatorah, another tax-exempt, pro-Israel organization.

EMET’s advisory board includes leading Islamophobic figures such as Daniel Pipes, Frank Gaffney and former Israeli ambassador Yoram Ettinger.

Jewish settlers daub "Jesus is a monkey" on church in Jerusalem

Jewish settlers daub “Jesus is a monkey” on church in Jerusalem

Sadly, while Christian evangelists were coalescing with Zionists to mock the Prophet of Islam, Jewish settlers were vilifying Christ in his native land.

Earlier this month, Jewish settlers, empowered financially by the same tax-exempt US organizations, attempted to set fire to a Christian church in Jerusalem after writing on the walls “Jesus is a monkey”.

It is critical to recognize that this latest repulsive movie is part of a growing Islamophobic industry, promoted and financed by single-issue, tax-exempt Zionist organizations.

The West must deal firmly with this irrational yet measured phenomenon intended to incite and cause harm.

In the east, Muslims must be circumspect when rejecting hate-inspired provocations. Violence only plays into the hands of those attempting to divide followers of religions who share the same reverence for Jesus and God.


A version of this article was first published by Gulf Daily News. The version here is published by permission of Jamal Kanj.

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