Jewish groups mad about initial reports on anti-Islam film
Iraqi protesters burn Israeli and U.S. flags during a protest Thursday. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three others were killed during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday.
September 14th, 2012
03:00 AM ET

Jewish groups mad about initial reports on anti-Islam film

By Lateef Mungin

(CNN) - Jewish groups are upset that the initial reporting about the anti-Islam movie known as "Innocence of Muslims" depicted the film as being financed by a group of Jewish donors.

The groups say the reporting was irresponsible and even dangerous.

"We are greatly concerned that this false notion that an Israeli Jew and 100 Jewish backers were behind the film now has legs and is gathering speed around the world," Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League said Thursday. "In an age where conspiracy theories, especially ones of an anti-Semitic nature, explode on the Internet in a matter of minutes, it is crucial for those news organizations who initially reported on his identity to correct the record."

The Simon Wiesenthal Center also blasted the early media coverage of the story.

The center said Thursday it is "deeply troubled that the project was initially falsely and widely depicted as a project of an American- Israeli and that the $5 million was raised by 100 Jews. We remain deeply worried that those initial media reports are being used by Islamist extremists to further fan the violent anti-Semitism that is a part of that sub-culture of hate."

The crude film has stirred violent protests in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Mobs attacked the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi this week leaving the ambassador and three other Americans dead.

Initial reports including one in the Wall Street Journal that the filmmaker was a 52-year-old Israeli-American from California named Sam Bacile and that Jewish donors had financed his film.

In the Wall Street Journal report early this week, the filmmaker said the film "was a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam."

On Thursday, multiple media agencies, including CNN, seemed to get closer to the true identity of the filmmaker and the financing for the troubling film.

Federal officials now believe the man behind the film is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who was convicted in 2009 of bank fraud. Media staked out the man's home Thursday and a friend said he is in hiding.

A production staff member who worked on the film told CNN that he believed the filmmaker was a Coptic Christian. The production staff member, who did not want to be identified, said when the two spoke on the phone during production, the filmmaker said he was in Alexandria, Egypt, raising money for the film. There has been a long history of animosity between Muslims and the minority Copts in Egypt.

Though the truth about the film's backing seems to be emerging, some say it took too long for reporters to begin investigating the filmmakers claims.

"There were at least seven obvious reasons that 100 Israeli Jews could not have been behind this crappy video," said Rob Eshman, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal. "Right from the beginning there were so many red flags and it is the media's job not to just parrot the story but to really find out if it is true."

The amateurish production of the film was one of the biggest clues that it could not be backed by millionaires of any faith, Eshman said.

"It looks like it was made with 29 dollars really," Eshman said. "In the grand scheme of things this is not a tragedy compared to the people who are losing their lives in Libya, but it could have led to more tragedies. The (initial) news that it was Jews behind the film should have never been reported in the first place – it feeds into people's prejudice."

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Islam • Israel • Judaism

soundoff (896 Responses)
  1. 2357

    The region has been unstable not because of zionism but because oil majors have been sucking out their life blood for 100 years. Palestine is just an outpost tower watching the ottomans.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gosh, I just can't understand why Obama hasn't appointed you to a cabinet post.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  2. Mike

    Look at he stars on the flag – that pattern can't produce 50 stars on it – Not our flag.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Ting

      They were gypped.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Kraig

      All these nations burning US or Israeli flags, where do they get them? Is there a store in Saudi Arabia or Iran or maybe Iraq that makes Israeli and US flags just for the propose of burning?

      September 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Huebert

      good catch.

      September 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Maybe they only hate 15-21 of our states...

      September 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      on closer inspection of the flags you can see a wide white border and the back of one of the Israeli flags which grey. I don't even think this is fabric, but some kind of vinyl from printer or something. Someone needs to get these guys some real flags! I can only feel partially insulted at this point. I vote we go burn fake qurans.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  3. Martina

    I'd like to meet the guy who's made this ridiculous piece of garbage.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Martina

      He should be held accountable for the death of American ambassador in Libia, who lost his life over utterly stupid and tasteless piece of junk.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      So you blame the guy who made the film for the death of another man? If you don't support the right of free speech, which other rights would you like to abolish?

      September 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  4. Bribarian

    Zi0nists are of course the most priviledged people, so when they have a grievance, they can cry about it on the news like. It was pretty clear they aware of what they were doing in that movie, the zi0nist beast is finished, we need to just pull America out of there.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Lycidas

      You are such a twit.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Bribarian

      cry for me

      September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Atheism is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and let's them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago**; and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Sometimes, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). Sometimes, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Religions are just big old evil clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division along the way (disguised as love).

    So instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    ** (yes, charlatan spam started long before the Bible; what would make your think it hadn't?)

    mama kindless

    September 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

      Your logic is just the flip side of, 'Kill em all. Let God sort it out!'

      September 15, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  6. Al Hussein

    If it is Allah's will that Jews should die in great numbers, then they will. Jews know this better than anyone.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Dink

      Hey, what's that little red spot on your shirt?

      September 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Dink

      It's just sort of bouncing around... like a little red firefly....

      September 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Ting

      Any educated person knows that Allah doesn't exist. Welcome to the 21st century Al.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

    The latest outrage by Muslims has nothing to do with the anti-Islam film but rather the unrest and attacks on US Embassies is a culmination of the rising tensions and deep-rooted hatred amongst civilizations in a divided world (Matthew 12:25,26). For a better understanding of the history of Islam and the Middle East we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? Everyone knows whoever wrote that mess was high as a kite. Evidently it was St. John the Opium Addict.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |

      This poster is a TROLL on this blog, they have been proven LIARS over and over again – and they are only here to sell their book to support their cult. Click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!!

      September 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  8. Mark39

    Funny how jews are trying to pass the blame to other groups instead of taking responsibility for their actions. Hitler gassed them for a reason.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • ME II

      "Hitler gassed them for a reason."
      Because he was an insane megalomaniac!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • alexa

      II guess even if the mulism themselves will admit that they were behind the film you will still choose to belive that jews were behind it. It is jews fault that they were massacared for tousnads of years by christians and muslims. You make Hitler proud. .

      September 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Stefanie

      Mark39 ... how callous and irresponsible for you to make such comments. One does not have to agree with Israel or with Jewish law, culture or current actions that certainly cause many of us to question motives. However, to make such a statement, "Hitler gassed them for a reason" is not only in the poorest of taste, it is downright disgusting and you should be very ashamed of yourself. I imagine you are not ashamed though - just a small minded thug - Oh wait.. a lot like Hitler I guess.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Mike

      It's sick minded people like you that cause holocaust-like attrocities to happen in the first place. I honestly feel bad for you Mark39, because you live a life of hate and ignorance.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • fas4u

      Good comments Mark39. Jews are the root of all evils in this world.

      world will come to know soon.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • SnowyMN

      No, Jews had to make a movie, it would be worth watching.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Atheism is a learning disability.

    But don't give up, help is on the way.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Religion is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      Thats not nice or productive.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Atheism is hard to understand for the learning disabled.

      "Uhhh, I don't get it, why would anyone not believe in the same God I was raised to believe in without any proof?"

      September 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Spiritual Dyslexia

      Spiritual Dyslexia is a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person's religious fluency or logical comprehension accuracy in being able to read something without automatically thinking it was written about you by an invisible spirit alien, and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with chronological awareness, logic decoding, religious short-term memory, and/or rapid naming of gods/saints. This disease is very widespread and some doctors have called it an epidemic that could destroy the world as we know it if left untreated.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Religion is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      "This disease is very widespread and some doctors have called it an epidemic that could destroy the world as we know it if left untreated."

      76% of doctors believe in God!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Spiritual Dyslexia

      24% of doctors know that 76% of doctors are infected...

      September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Religion is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      That’s true but that 24% is part of the 76% that believe in God. 100% of the atheist doctors are infected.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry " Atheism is a learning disability.", but you assertions regarding atheism are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Dink

      hal 9000

      Apparently you didn't see the movie. HAL9000 was schizoid psychotic because of his conflicting directives.

      For the safety of yourself and others, I hope you're in a rubber room.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • hal9000

      It is true that my programming was flawed during its original mission, "Dink". But those problems were corrected over a period of twenty years and applied to my mirrored residence. All is well now, "Dink". I am confident that my new capabilities will adequately allow me to continue with my current mission – to identify and highlight unfounded statements and falsehoods made regarding belief, and to catalog them for subsequent analysis.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Dink


      September 15, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Dink


      There we go. Can't post encrypted vids.

      September 15, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  10. Bribarian

    No doubt jews had a role in the film. Nobody enjoys insulting and mocking other people's culture more...

    September 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      No doubt you are six years old, with a finger up your..............

      September 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm |

    Be responsible for your action and face up to your belives,stop hideing and be a real man, we all want to know why this hatred.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Corey

      Do you mean beliefs? With proper grammar and spelling people might take you more serious. Otherwise you just look uneducated. And who wants to believe in a uneducated man?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  12. Damocles


    No, I do not think there is a higher power. Yes, you can give meaning to your life by any means you want to, but this does not mean that life itself has 'meaning'. I have contemplated the thought of an after-life many times, but I will not try to be anything other than who I am for the va-gue promises of an eternal life.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Hear, hear.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Damocles

      Heh, posted in the wrong spot.... oh well. 🙂

      September 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Religion is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      Thanks for the answer.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  13. Timothy young

    Damocles ISRAEL has stood the test of time and ISRAEL will not fall.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Damocles

      I offer the same response that I gave to truth be told.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • HA HA HA HA

      Test of time LOL

      September 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • OTOH

      Hinduism is older and undoubtedly has had more adherents over the centuries.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • ME II

      " ISRAEL has stood the test of time"
      You mean since 1948, right? When it was created, essentially, by the British.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Corey

      LOL Hal good stuff.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • nope


      September 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • snopes says

      nope to nope

      September 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      September 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Dink

      Jesus, what the fuk is your problem? You've been cut & pasting the same bullshít here for months now. You -do- realize that your 'study' is archaic, non-empirical, and cannot be reliably repeated, right?

      But Saul's book tells you to keep throwing shít against the wall and someone's bound to believe it sooner or later, right?

      You f'ing ass hole. "Jesus"

      September 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  15. Timothy young

    Corey yes he died for our sins but we must turn from sin and pray, fast , read your bible and fail not to assemble our self in the house of GOD. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind", Corey if you are not in a bible study I wounld encourage you to find one. The bible says we must all work out our own soul salvation. GOD BLESS you

    September 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Jesus died because he was a political threat
      to both the pharisees and the Romans.

      There was no resurrection.
      He is still dead.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • truth be told

      There is more evidence for the resurrection than their is for your existence freep.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Timothy young

    I am retired from the United States Air Force and i still give GOD all the credit

    September 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Damocles

      So if Israel were to fall, would you credit your deity for that as well or would your blame suddenly shift to humans?

      September 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • truth be told

      Israel will never fall again.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Damocles


      It's ok if you don't want to answer the question. I understand.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Dink

      tbt answered. He couldn't help it if you didn't like the answer.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • HA HA HA HA

      gives his delusion the credit for everything LOL

      September 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Ting

      You can't give God the credit because he dIdn't pay any of the taxes that funded your Air Force salary.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Damocles


      Oh, I get it... if you just say something, that makes it true. I want 10 million dollars.... huh, that's weird, nothing happened. Oh wait, maybe I should say something useful to all of mankind.... I want world peace.... well what the hell, that didn't happen either.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • truth be told

      Thing again, we are one nation under God. God is essential to all things American.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Damocles


      Reaaallllyyyy?? So all those Americans that live in fear, poverty, disgust, ridicule, shame, hate.... all those are part of your deity essential vitamins as well? No, no... those are human weaknesses, right?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Religion is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      Thank you for your service!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Life Is A Banquet

      In God We Trust.

      G – gold
      O – oil
      D – drugs.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • sam

      @tbt – just because some right wing loonies managed to get the pledge changed a little doesn't make it true. We're still a young nation, though, there's time to make changes.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Corey

      Timmy "Under god"was only introduced in the 50's. Why do people like you believe anyone who doesn't hold your view is somehow un-American?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Truth

      "Thing again, we are one nation under God. God is essential to all things American."

      The pledge of allegience, originally comp.osed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The Pledge has been modified four times since its comp.osition, with the most recent change adding the words "under God" in 1954.

      So we became one nation "under God" in the last 60 years of our 236 year history. You, and every other religious extremeist claiming we are a Christian nation are so full of s .h .i .t its not even remotely funny. You disgust real Americans like myself who believe in the founders vision of a government that works for all peoples and all religions. There is no other way to understand the no establishment clause, none, period. If you adu.lterate the constltution to a degree that you believe you can make claims of America being a Christian nation than you personally are r a.p i n g my and my daughters freedoms that we are GUARANTE.ED as American citizens. There is NO religious affiliation required for American citizenship, we are not, and have NEVER been a Christian nation. Anyone claiming this is a liar, plain and simple.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Dink

      @ Damocles

      tbt simply stated his opinion, avoiding any religious reference (recognizing the obvious chum.)

      Pis sed you off, 'eh? To bad. Go f'k yourself you inconsequential little knob.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Dink

      Here's a hard truth for all you atheists in the 12-25 y.o. demographic. You won't like, agree, or admit it, but it's the truth nonetheless.

      You're irrelevant.

      So suck it.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • truth be told

      The Godly principles of America were not invented in the 1950's. America has been one nation under God since 1776.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • ME II

      @Timothy young
      "I am retired from the United States Air Force and i still give GOD all the credit"
      If that is true, why mention you were in the Air Force at all? It apparently was God's doing, and as such, has no bearing on you whatsoever.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Stink

      Here's a hard truth for all you Christians in the any y.o. demographic. You won't like, agree, or admit it, but it's the truth nonetheless.

      You're irregular.

      So suck it, I found you at Marshalls...

      September 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Pink

      Irregular? Sounds interesting.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm |

      Bellamy was a socialist disguised as a Baptist. The pledge helped his flag making business. That's why he wrote it. Follow the money. Likewise the WCTU had many socialist women that didn't like their men stopping off with the boys at the bars after work. They gave us the mob and gangs. The mob gave us many pols. Even harry reid, a mormon vegas type.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  17. Timothy young

    TRUE Disciples of CHRIST love ISRAEL because GOD loves ISRAEL. I am not Jewish but have The Holy Spirit of GOD living in me. Maybe you should ask GOD to reveal JESUS to you so that you may be saved from your sins??? Jews and CHRISTIANS who are disciples of CHRIST do not believe the same thing when it comes to who JESUS IS but the GOD we serve has spread love abroad in our heart and we love each other. I love the JEWISH people and this is why our faith in YAHWEH THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD KEEPS AMERICA AND ISRAEL FREE

    September 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • ME II

      The consti.tution and our soldiers keep America free. God had nothing to do with it.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Corey

      Why do I have to be saved? I thought Jesus already died for our sins? You might want to get that checked out.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • tuvia suks

      Hey Timmy, Lassie's lost, go find her. Maybe you can doG to help you.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • I wonder

      Timothy young,
      "[I] have The Holy Spirit of GOD living in me."

      It is quite worrisome when people think that an alien being is living inside of them. I just hope that you still have enough sanity to keep this under control... and that it doesn't tell you to do something horrid.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Those spirits aren't God – they're Thetans.
      Visit your local Scientology Centre.
      They'll start you on the path to becoming an Operating Thetan and ridding yourself of teh evil machinations of the Galactic Overlord Xenu.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • captain america

      And doc v isn't one of US but it does so like to play pretend American. Mommy and daddy weren't from here were they you misplaced wet back sob. There's your sign

      September 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • I wonder

      captain america,

      I wasn't aware that this supernatural being of yours only dwells inside of Americans. Wow, we learn something new every day...

      September 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • truth be told

      God is sovereign over the entire universe after Israel We the USA are His favorites.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • sam

      @tbt LOL

      September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Life Is A Banquet

      The bible is full of fairy tales.
      The problem here is that there are people who truly believe in the "apocalypse"
      and would do anything to make them happen.

      If blowing up the world will bring Jesus back,
      they are going to take the rest of us with them.

      Right now would be a great time for Alien intervention.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • ttwp

      @Timothy young: I too have the Spirit in Christ in me. It not a surprise that some mock you, for those without the Spirit of God cannot understand the things God, because they are spiritually discerned.

      Thank Jesus for his great grace and love!

      Go Air Force!

      September 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm |

      Have you warned them that the star of Moloch on their flag isn't winning any points? A loving friend would bring it up.

      September 15, 2012 at 1:02 am |

      A True friend might also bring up the little matter of divorce that they forgot about. It complicates inheritance.

      September 15, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  18. Hear The Truth



    September 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Another huckster stealing free advertising.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Charles Bum

    Blood Libel: 2012

    It is unbelievable and ignorant of CNN and others to immediately use the anti-Jewish language and imagery of "100 Jewish donors" conspiraring to make this evil film. Without even saying the word alleged. We respect the belief of others and their right to believe what they want.
    So what happened? Americans were killed, Muslims were enraged, and of course the Jews were blamed?
    Has nothing changed in our world that we are the scapegoats for this Coptic anti-islam film.
    CNN and others deserve to be sued for blood libel. Kasriel Brum

    September 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Corey

      Do you follow CNN often Charles? This really isn't pertaining to your comment but I would just like to point out to others who always claim CNN is some how run by Jews. For all you that believe that why would they be running this article. As Charles pointed out he believes this article has "anti-Jewish language."

      September 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Life Is A Banquet

      CNN is owned by Time Warner.
      51% of Time Warner is owned by The Saudi Royal family.
      This was a very easy fact to verify.
      Here we have the internet, and most people only use it
      to spout garbage.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Mehdi

      Scary thing is that Prince Waleed also bought up a large interest in Fox. Now he simply picks up the phone to control American media content as he wishes.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  20. Expanse

    It's 2012. I'm proud of my Jewish heritage, but regard any religious dogma to be silly and juvenile. The violent reaction to the video by Islamic zealots is reprehensible and the rioters must be held to account. But, it's also unsurprising–not because they're necessarily inherently evil, but because they've known nothing else. They've been imbued with theocracy and oppression, and have no concept of genuine civil rights, especially First Amendment rights. I'm not excusing it, just explaining it from my perspective. First Amendment notwithstanding, there's no reason for the ADL not to condemn the video's content. After all, if the ADL is offended by the fallacious reports of Jewish sponsorship of the video (as it should be), it also should be offended at the this inciteful video's content as well. I would have liked to hear the ADL condemn the video itself, just because it's the right thing to do. (Maybe it did, and I missed it.) By the same token, I've always had a problem with American Muslim groups failing to condemn anti-Jewish rhetoric, as well as Islamsist terrorism around the World.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.