Washington: Representatives of the Jewish community have defended their people saying that anti-Semitism has been fueled by baseless reporting of some sections of media that anti-Islam film insulting Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was plotted and funded by the Jews.
Some Jewish civil rights leaders rejected the reports by news outlets establishing that a Jew backed by 100 Jewish donors made the anti-Islam which has hurt the Muslims’ sentiments and sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.
They said that this was baseless reporting by the media but the damage to the Jewish community had been done and Jews will continue to suffer for it.
“This is another blood libel that’s in place,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, referring to a history of conspiracy theories that has fueled anti-Semitism for centuries.
The Muslims across the world firmly believe that the Jews made the pathetic film and they have good reason to think so as this is not the first time Islam’s Prophet and their religion have been made fun of. The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press initially reported that an Israeli-born California real estate agent named Sam Bacile and his Jewish backers made the disgusting video which compelled the Muslims to protest furiously against the conspirators.
Signs and chants at these protests have condemned Jews, Israel and the United States for the film, and Israeli and US flags have been burned. The Wiesenthal Center has collected editorials, sermons and cartoons from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia that criticize Zionists with crude stereotypes of Jewish filmmakers.
A radical Islamic group that took responsibility for the September 21 killing of an Israeli soldier later put out a statement that said it was motivated by the offensive film.
The Anti-Defamation League has also been tracking instances in which the video — reportedly the work of American Coptic Christian extremists — continues to be blamed on Jews.
ADL National Director, Abraham Foxman, noted that Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, earlier this week also blamed “Zionists” for the video.
According to Foxman, it is the most recent lie that makes it easier for anti-Semites to justify the persecution of Jews.
Foxmen commented, “Jews were blamed for the plagues, for communism, for fascism, when things go wrong, when things go well.”
“Look how easily the lie that Israelis were responsible for 9/11 took hold.” It added.Polls taken years after 9/11 show that large minorities in several Muslim-majority countries believe Israel plotted the attacks.