Hezbollah condemns U.S.-made film of Prophet Mohammad

BEIRUT Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:20am EDT

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah condemned a U.S.-made film about the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday, which triggered violent protests in Libya and Egypt, as an attack on religious belief which it said reflected Western policy.

In a statement which made no reference to the killing of U.S. diplomats in Libya in apparent response to the film, Hezbollah said the film was an "immoral act which represents the highest degree of aggression against the highest human right ... for respect of beliefs and sanctities".

The film aimed to stir tensions and hatred between Muslims and Copts in Egypt and reflected "the true position of the American-Zionist alliance towards Islam and Muslims", it said.

"In this context, the statements of official U.S. condemnation no longer fool anyone," Hezbollah said, referring to official U.S. criticism of the film.

Protesters in Egypt tore down an American flag and burned it during a demonstration on Tuesday against the film. In the Libyan city of Benghazi gunmen attacked and burned the U.S. consulate, killing one consular official.

The U.S. ambassador and embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car as they were rushed from the consular building, a Libyan official said.

U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who inflamed Muslim anger in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran, said he had promoted the film "Innocence of Muslims", which U.S. media said was produced by an Israeli-American property developer. Clips of another film called "Mohammad, Prophet of Muslims", circulated for weeks before the protest.

That film portrayed Mohammad as a fool, a philanderer and a religious fake. In one clip posted on YouTube Mohammad was shown in a sexual act with a woman.

Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet offensive and any depiction of him can cause outbursts of anger in the Islamic world and among Muslims in Europe.

Hezbollah's statement, which comes two days before Pope Benedict is due to visit Lebanon, also called for Christians and Muslims at the highest level to address the issue.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (6)
ChicagoJeff wrote:
To be clear this is not a “U.S.-made film”. Yes, the person who made it is an American but that is as far as it goes. Sam Bacile is an American-Israeli who explicitly set out to stir the pot and incite Muslims. He in no way should be deemed representative of the US.

I wish the people of Libya and Egypt (and other countries) who are so angered over this understood this is one person and not the government.

Sep 12, 2012 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:
@ChicagoJeff: Great, the first US apology is already in. Perhaps your President Obama can join you as well and how about getting the Mayor of Chicago to offer apologies as well. Does it really take anything to ‘incite’ and ‘stir’ and inflame the Muslim people and the Muslim world?
It’s time people like you understood their thinking and actions.

Sep 12, 2012 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoJeff wrote:
@js2012: The United States’ government had absolutely nothing to do with this. Not Obama, not the Department of State, not the military, not any part of the government and certainly not the mayor of Chicago.

This was the work of one crank and he got people killed because of it.

This is no way absolves the actions of the Libyans who did this. One would hope they would understand the difference between one guy trying to create controversy and the government.

Sep 12, 2012 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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