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Unrest continues over anti-Muslim film

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Angry protests continued throughout the Arab world this week, in response to an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube that purportedly insults the Prophet Muhammad.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a minibus in Kabul on Sept. 18, killing at least 12 people in what a militant group said was revenge for the film.

That same day, about 200 people from various Islamic groups torched an American flag and tires outside the U.S. Consulate in Medan, Indonesia’s third-largest city.

Afghans protest near Kabul Sept. 14 against anti-Islam YouTube video.   photo/ap-rahmat gul
Afghans protest near Kabul Sept. 14 against anti-Islam YouTube video. photo/ap-rahmat gul
Also Sept. 18, in Srinagar, Kashmir, marchers burned U.S. flags and an effigy of President Barack Obama, shutting down businesses and public transportation, while in Peshawar, Pakistan, hundreds of angry protesters broke through a barricade outside the U.S. Consulate and threw bricks and flaming wads of cloth at the police, who pushed them back by firing tear gas and rubber bullets and charging with batons.

The protests spread to Israel, where some 500 Palestinians demonstrated against the film in the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem, chanting “We love you Muhammad” and “We will all sacrifice ourselves for the prophet.”

About 200 people marched to a nearby Israeli checkpoint, lobbing rocks and firebombs at security forces, who fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. No serious injuries were reported. And Israeli police prevented about 500 Muslims from marching to the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem after Friday prayers Sept. 14 on the Temple Mount, according to news reports.

These and other protesters appear to have heeded a call posted on militant websites from al Qaida in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (North Africa) praising the Sept. 11 killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, and urging Muslims to pull down and burn U.S. flags at embassies, and kill or expel American diplomats to “purge our land of their filth in revenge for the honor of the prophet.” The group threatened attacks in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania.

In Egypt, the prosecutor’s office issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and Florida-based American pastor Terry Jones and referred them to trial on charges linked to the film. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the accused, who include the film’s alleged producer, face charges of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. The office said they could face the death penalty, if convicted.

The case is largely symbolic since the accused are believed to be outside of Egypt and unlikely to travel to the country to face the charges. Instead, the prosecutor’s decision to take legal action appears aimed at absorbing at least some of the public anger over the amateur film, which portrays the Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon.

Among those charged is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, an Egyptian Copt living in Southern California who is believed to be behind the film. Nakoula told the Associated Press in an interview last week that he was the manager of the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims”; it was a 14-minute clip from that film that appeared on YouTube and sparked the global protests.

Nakoula was questioned near Los Angeles Sept. 15 after being brought by federal probation officers, the New York Times reported, but he was not placed under arrest.

In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to federal bank fraud charges and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution, the AP reported. The report cited federal court papers saying that Nakoula had used the name Nicola Bacily, among other aliases.

Under the terms of his sentencing, he is not allowed to use the Internet without permission from his probation officer. — ap & jta


Posted by Jack Kessler
09/20/2012  at  07:11 PM
Here's an idea.....

Maybe one way for Muslims to get some respect from others would be to show some.  I suggest everyone reading this take a moment to go to and search on “Arab cartoons”. 

When the Arabs and their fellow Muslims stop spitting on others will be soon enough to stop spitting on them.

The Muslims have earned all the disdain the world feels for them.  They and those who would mollify them have no case and should shut the hell up.

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Posted by Frank
09/22/2012  at  02:18 AM
Obama's 9/11 disaster

A president’s first duty is to protect America against enemy attack.  This 9/11 attack
demonstrates the abysmal failure of Obama’s foreign policies.  While crowing about the military’s killing of Bin Ladin, in effect claiming “mission accomplished”, he has abandoned America’s allies, and given up the fight against the Muslim extremists’ continuing war on America.  With Obama’s weakness, their war against us is just picking up steam.  Sunnis and Shia, normally bitter enemies, are joining together against us. 

(And it has nothing to do with an obscure trailer for an unseen film, which simply served as a one of any number of convenient excuses used by Al-Qaeda and anti-Western Muslims throughout the world to flex their muscles by inciting world-wide riots.)

Appeasement begets and invites further aggression.  The Muslim world is responding to Obama’s “apologies”, beginning with his Cairo speech, his shocking abandonment of US allies, including Israel and Mubarak, his tacit support for the Muslim Brotherhood taking control of Egypt, his failure to preserve American influence in the region, including failing to provide for a remaining American presence in Iraq, and his announced time-table for an abandonment of Afghanistan, leaving them both to accommodate Iran, his weak response in Syria, his failure to in any way support the Iranian democratic insurgency, and his utter weakness against Iran’s obtaining nuclear weapons and apparent willingness to accept it after the election. 

After the successful 9/11 attack in Libya (on American soil), and the government-permitted riot in Cairo (in which Obama’s administration “apologized” for the rioters’ “hurt feelings” rather than defending Americans’ freedoms and lambasting the Al-Qaeda induced riots), Pakistan, and all the other Arab states, no longer fear America’s response to those governments supporting world-wide anti-American Islamist demonstrations.

The only “movie” of significance will be the one later made about the 2012 -  9/11 attack that sparked resurgence of the popular support in the “Muslim street” for the religious war being waged on America.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
09/24/2012  at  08:57 PM
So, Frank, Which Muslim Nation Would You Advise America to Go To War...

with now?

And do you think Romney would have responded to the typical Islamic intolerance and savagery in any different manner than Obama?

To call Obama’s “failure to take action” leading you to labeling him guilty of appeasement shows conclusively what a gas bag your commentaries are.

70-80% of Jews are going to vote for Obama, Frank. Smart people know the difference between someone who only cares about the affluent and giving corporate thugs the right to despoil the environment and an incumbent who, while not perfect, care about women, gays, Hispanics, climate change.

But go ahead, Failed Frankie—join the moronic Tea Party poopers who will vote for someone who condemns even the middle class. In about six weeks, you will find the American people haven’t bought into the manure the Republicans have attempted to have them ingest…

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
09/25/2012  at  08:56 AM
Anyone Who Listened to Obama's Brilliant UN Speech...

would have to be aware that those who still maintain he is an “appeaser” are full of bull manure.

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Posted by Frank
09/25/2012  at  11:29 PM
On the brink of a second Holocaust American Democratic Jews need to atone

American Jews had enough information in 2008 to know, or at least seriously suspect that Obama would be an adversary of Israel, despite which they voted for him.  For this they need to atone.

Now, American Jews are, or should be, entirely aware of Obama’s enmity and danger to Israel, this time with Iran planning Israel’s annihilation - and yet we are told that most appear to be prepared to again vote for him.  For this no atonement will suffice.

In the privacy of their homes or the voting booth this generation of Jews must confront the crucial decision with which they will have to live for the rest of their lives:  whether for the sake of their political preferences they are willing to knowingly risk the lives of millions of Jews and the future existence of the reborn Jewish State of Israel. 

The Jewish State of Israel, Eretz Yisrael, which for all our generations has been the eternal dream, the heart and soul, and now the salvation and final refuge of the Jewish people - now after untold suffering and prayer and sacrifice, the fulfillment of our people’s yearning finally achieved:  Le’shana haba’ah b’Yerushalaim. 

This generation of adult Jews has inherited the responsibility passed on by our previous generations, and bears the weight of this responsibility to future generations.  Le’dor va dor.

G’mar Chatimah Tovah

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
09/26/2012  at  07:45 AM
Frank, When it Comes to the Jewish Vote...

you are urinating into the wind. Most of us have previously and in November vote for Obama. We are not misogynist like the Republicans, we support the rights of gays, and we advocate working for the environment and dealing with climate change.

That you Republicans don’t care about the above, to say nothing of aid to education and medical care for all who need it would lead any reasonable person to say that it is you who need to atone…

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