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  • Producer of anti-Muslim film sentenced to prison for probation violations

    November 8, 2012 | 10:54 am

    An Egyptian Christian who was one of the key figures behind an anti-Islam film that sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was sentenced to prison.

    Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, who reportedly wrote and produced "Innocence of Muslims," was sentenced...

  • David Siegel — A year in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    October 3, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    In the early-morning hours of Sept. 12, this reporter was awakened by a phone call from a Jerusalem newspaper asking for details about a man named Sam Bacile.

    According to seemingly credible global news reports at the time, Bacile was an “Israeli Jew” living in Los Angeles whose...

  • Letters to the Editor: Sam Bacile, Rabbi Naomi Levy, Jewish Journal redesign

    September 27, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Not All Christians Are the Same

    I study modern Hebrew at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, and on my way out I grab your newspaper and read some of the articles at home. I usually read the Torah Portion and meditate on the wisdom there.

    I am not Jewish, yet I am attracted...

  • Opinion: Islamic leaders must call out hatemongers

    September 25, 2012 | 9:43 am

    In 1935, a trial was held in Bern, Switzerland, in which two individuals were being prosecuted for distributing the notorious anti-Semitic document “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” At the trial, witness after witness came forward testifying to the fraudulent nature of...

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  • Ahmadinejad calls ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film an Israeli plot

    September 21, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday produced another anti-Israel conspiracy theory by saying the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has been linked to protests throughout the Arab world, was a plot by the Jewish state to “divide [Muslims] and spark sectarian conflict,”...

  • Sam I am ... not

    By Rob Eshman

    September 19, 2012 | 11:12 am

    We now know that “Sam Bacile” is not a Jewish filmmaker.

    The name, according to the most recent media reports, is a pseudonym for a Coptic Christian man who lives in Cerritos, and he is definitely no filmmaker.

    But when “Bacile’s” short film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” spurred...

  • Egyptians clash with police near U.S. embassy

    September 14, 2012 | 8:50 am

    Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam clashed on Friday in Cairo for a third day with police who blocked the way to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

    "God is Greatest" and "There is no...

  • Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film, Jewish connection seems unlikely

    September 13, 2012 | 9:46 am

    He’s not a Jew.

    At least, that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, leaving the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, dead. 

    The filmmaker...

  • As protests rage over anti-Muslim movie, the cast claims it was misled by script

    September 13, 2012 | 7:58 am

    Protests over an anti-Muslim film continued outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, while in Yemen security guards fired at demonstrators who stormed the U.S. Embassy gates.

    On Thursday in Yemen, the protesters tore down the American flag and burned it, according to reports. The...

  • Media misled in anti-Islam filmmaker story

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    A film insulting the prophet Muhammad sparked instant riots in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, but the alleged facts underpinning the story seem to be collapsing just as quickly.

    Enraged by available clips from the film, which describe Islam as “a cancer” and Muhammad as a homosexual...

  • Reform leader, Jewish groups condemn Libya attack on U.S. envoys

    September 12, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    A top Reform rabbi appeared with Libya's U.S. ambassador and Muslim and Christian leaders condemning the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, along with the anti-Muslim film that allegedly incited the violence.

    A rocket attack Tuesday in Benghazi...

  • Who Is Sam Bacile?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 10:19 am

    A high-ranking Israeli official in Los Angeles said today that after numerous inquiries, it appeared that no one in the Hollywood film industry or in the local Israeli community knew of a Sam Bacile, the supposed director-writer of the incendiary film “Innocence of Muslims.”

    The...

  • U.S. envoy to Libya killed over anti-Muslim movie

    September 12, 2012 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats were killed, and the U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked over an anti-Muslim movie.

    Amb. John Christopher Stevens and three unnamed diplomats were killed Tuesday night in a rocket attack on their car in Benghazi, the...

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