The Pro-Israel Network Behind the ‘Innocence’ Video


If someone had planned to upend US foreign policy — to utterly destroy the very basis[.pdf] of all our diplomats (and military personnel) have been working to achieve in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world — they couldn’t have done a better job of it than whoever put together Innocence of Muslims.

As violent protests spread, the consequences continue to roll in: the suspension of joint US-Afghan military operations, the suspension of US aid talks with Egypt, the rapiddecline of US prestige in the region, and the growing influence of the radical Islamist movement US support for the “Arab Spring” was designed to counter. The Obama administration’s effort to split the Islamist upsurge and lend its support to “moderates” has been stopped cold.

Was the release of the video a random event, one of those unpredictables that can arise at any moment to foil the best-laid plans? Perhaps. Yet one is hard-pressed to explain what the makers of Innocence sought to accomplish, if not precisely what has occurred. According to various explanations floated in the media — primarily by anti-Muslim agitator Steve Klein — the idea was to promote the video to Muslims. In one account, Klein says he hoped the video would “smoke out” Muslim radicals in the US, who he is convinced have organized secret “cells” that will strike on command. On the other hand, we are told the film’s authors and promoters hoped to “convert” Muslims.

Neither explanation is very convincing. The video itself is so crude, so inept, and so deliberately insulting it is hard to believe anyone thought it could convert anyone to anything. And as for the prospect of “smoking out” secret Islamist cells — if there were such cells, one would hardly expect them to reveal themselves because of a YouTube video.

In order to understand the real motives and goals of the makers of Innocence, it is necessary to take a good look at the people who have, so far, been identified as the film’s authors and promoters.

The central figure in all this is reported to be one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 56-year-old Egyptian immigrant: although Nakoula presented himself in an interviewwith the Associated Press as “Sam Bacile,” a 56-year-old “Israeli-American” real estate developer, he is a Coptic Christian, a member of a persecuted minority in Egypt — and a convicted felon. Media reports portray him as the central figure in the making ofInnocence: he denies this, and describes his job as arranging “logistics” for the film. Nakoula’s role seems to have been that of a facilitator — gofer — rather than “creative director,” and in any case he hardly seems the type to have originated the idea for the movie. Having been released from jail — where he was serving a sentence for bank fraud — barely a month before filming started, Nakoula was hardly in a position to undertake such a project. Chances are he was recruited by someone else, the real originator and driving force behind Innocence— but who is that someone?

Public records show a filming permit was taken out by “Media for Christ,” an outfit run by one Joseph Nasrallah Abdelmasih. His group sponsors Christian programming in Arabic, including “The Way,” a production that has featured such prominent Islamophobes as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. The Geller-Spencer collaboration goes back to the protests against the New York City “Ground Zero” mosque in which the duo achieved national notoriety: Nasrallah was one of the speakers at their rally. The idea for just such a movie as Innocence showed up on Geller’s blog in February, in a post entitled “A Movie About Muhammad: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” Ali Sina, an ex-Muslim and board member of Geller and Spencer’s “Stop the Islamization of Nations,” exhorted Geller’s readers to support his movie project:

The movie shows Muhammad’s raids, plunders, massacres, rapes, assassinations and other crimes. A small subtitle in the lower right corner of each scene will give reference to the source of the story. This movie is entirely factual. Wherever possible, I copied the Quran, the Sira and the Hadith verbatim. It is a riveting story. Truth about Muhammad is more shocking than fiction.

The world does not know Islam. What is known is a watered down and euphemized version of it that has no bases [sic] in reality. The truth is that Muhammad was a cult leader, much like Jim Jones, Shoko Asahara and Charles Manson. Unlike them he succeeded because there was no central power in the seventh century Arabia to stop him.

The other good news is that I have been promised a substantial angel financing. I have been daydreaming about this movie for ten years. It was this promise that prompted me into action. I put everything aside for five months, read everything I could about my protagonist, selected the most salient episodes and wrote the script.

The seed is now sown. Now it’s time to nurture it. What I need is an experiencedexecutive producer, someone who shares my values, to make it happen with professionalism and missionary zeal.

I am not thinking of a high budget movie, but given the subject matter, it can become one of the most seen motion pictures ever. (Recall Danish cartoons?)”

This may or may not be the same movie as Innocence, but what’s important here is that the idea of such a provocation — “recall Danish cartoons?” — was percolating in these circles when the movie was in production.

Nasrallah has now issued a non-denial denial, in which he claims he was duped — along with the actors — by Nakoula who “did not make the movie we thought he was making.” However, he admits Nakoula called him and that Media for Christ lent him their facilities: and, one has to ask, what movie did Nasrallah think his buddy Nakoula was making?

Nasrallah’s recent involvement with the Geller-Spencer crowd coincided with a very profitable time for his organization: Media in Christ’s income has recently skyrocketed, according to public records, with receipts totaling under $200,000 in 2009 and prior, rising to $633,516 in 2010 and $1,016,366 in 2011. Where did all that money come from — was it Mr. Sina’s “substantial angel”? Nakoula claims he funded his movie project with money from “over 100 Jewish donors.”

When Nakoula spoke to the Associated Press, he described himself as an “Israeli-American” real estate developer operating out of California: this was soon debunked, however, when inquiring reporters outed him as an Egyptian of the Coptic faith. They also discovered he’s a convicted felon — not only for a check-kiting scheme, but also for drug-dealing (methamphetamine). He’s an unlikely hero for the right-wing Christians who have made a martyr out of him, although to ostensible “libertarians” like Matt Welch, who thinks Nakoula & Co. are on the same level as Salman Rushdie, the meth conviction is doubtless a plus.

The idea that these vermin, who deliberately set out to make a “movie” that would inflame the Muslim world, are “free speech” heroes is worse than nonsense: it is valorizing villains. We don’t yet know where the money, or the impetus to make the film, came from, but what we do know is this: the driving force behind Innocence was a desire to create an international incident that would bring discredit on the United States, and empower radical Islamists who hate America and everything it stands for. And the promoters of this garbage pose as “patriots”!

Free speech has nothing to do with this issue: the President requested of YouTube that they reconsider the video’s place on YouTube in light of their terms of service. YouTube refused, and that’s the end of it. Unfortunately, however, that’s not the end of this imbroglio, the consequences of which we’ll be living with for a long time to come.

There is an ugly sore festering under the skin of the West, and its first manifestation — or should I say symptom? — surfaced when Andre Breivik committed his ghastly crime, slaughtering the attendees at a Norwegian Labor Party youth camp. He, too, wanted to “stop the Islamization of nations,” and his online manifesto cited Geller, Spencer, and the writings of the movement their hateful rantings have energized. TheEnglish Defense League — a sorry collection of skinheads, neo-Nazis, and soccer hooligans — which Geller endorses, has mounted a campaign of violent intimidation aimed at British Muslims, inspiring imitators in several European countries. These groups feed off the more radical elements of the Zionist movement: Geller and her supporters claim to be “defending Israel,” and the EDL regularly flies the Israeli flag at their hate rallies.

Defense of the Jewish state is a major theme of the Islamophobe network: they use it as a shield to deflect criticism. A key leader of this network is former New Leftist and Black Panther groupie David Horowitz: his “David Horowitz Freedom Center” (formerly the Center for the Study of Popular Culture), sponsors Spencer’s “Jihad Watch.” Horowitz’s “Frontpage” site — ablaze with stories decrying the “betrayal” of Israel by the American government and the perfidy of all things Islamic — recentlyspeculated Innocence was created by the very Salafists now leading the protests. Since the video sprang from the same bigoted milieu of which Frontpage is the online Jerusalem, this “theory” isn’t merely ironic — it’s a moral obscenity.

It isn’t hard to imagine where the money to create this deadly provocation came from. Of the many millions in neocon money sloshing around this country, it’s hardly inconceivable a hundred thousand or so would find its way into the hands of a twice-convicted felon and all around dubious character like Nakoula, who is, I suspect, just a con man rather than an ultra-Zionist ideologue like the promoters of his “work.”

Although, to be sure, the difference is altogether negligible.

  1. #1 by Wally D. on September 19, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Let’s hope that this film is the false flag operation, we’ve all been expecting, designed to get America into the next war on Israel’s enemies and Israel’s ambitions die with a whimper, not with a bang.

  2. #2 by on September 19, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Clearly the actor in the video is not the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

    Get ready, for al-Goldstein could cause ww3, with but a name.

  3. #3 by Adalberto Erazo Jr. on September 19, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    My God where do I start with this article?

    “If someone had planned to upend US foreign policy — to utterly destroy the very basis[.pdf] of all our diplomats (and military personnel) have been working to achieve in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world — they couldn’t have done a better job of it than whoever put together Innocence of Muslims.”

    Just look at this introduction. Raimondo honestly believes the bullshit that America is a force for good considering that they are involved deeply with IsraHell in this war on Islam. America has itself to blame for murdering millions and committing an endless amount of atrocities to the people of the region but Raimondo apparently has his head so far up his @$$ he’s living in lala land. This movie put out by IsraHell was basically the drop of water that broke the damn for Muslims. IsraHell has her agents on the ground in many of these countries getting protesters worked up but the anger is genuine after years of humiliation by IsraHell and the west.

    “…the rapid decline of US prestige in the region…”

    Sorry Raimondo but the US never had any prestige in the region to begin with like the US constantly supporting the Synagogue of Satan in it’s quest for Greater IsraHell and world domination.

    .”..Coptic Christian, a member of a persecuted minority in Egypt”

    Don’t these so called “alternative” writers from so called “alternative” websites even bother to research the history of the region. Muslims have been living in peace with the Christians for centuries in the Middle East but I guess he is too busy involved in immorality and hatred of Muslims to even bother. Here is something for you Raimondo! For 800 years Muslims had been living in Spain and the Spanish people converted willingly to Islam and lived with Mozarabes(Spanish Christians) in peace but it all came to an end. Where did all the Muslims go to Raimondo? That’s right! They were expelled by force or were forced to convert by the sword but I guess you want to ignore all the historical evidence and conduct your Muslim bashing agenda! Now compare that with Egypt. That’s right! The Christians of Egypt are still there! One of the reasons for this Coptic Christian angle in all of this is that the Jews behind this film are trying to sow divisions as usual against Muslims and Christians in the region but inshallah it will fail.

    “…the driving force behind Innocence was a desire to create an international incident that would bring discredit on the United States, and empower radical Islamists who hate America and everything it stands for.”

    Oh my God not more of this bullshit about they hate us for our freedoms crap. This sentence alone by Raimondo just reeks of American exceptionalism. People around the world hate America for it’s slavish devotion to the Synagogue of Satan and Americans going half way around the world butchering millions of people in the name of spreading “freedom”,”human rights” and “democracy”. They hate America for it’s sheer hypocrisy and getting in everyone’s business by lecturing to the whole world about human rights when America doesn’t even practice what it preaches.People around the world hate America for it’s worship of it’s war criminals who get away with bloody murder in these wars. But I guess the bullshit answer of “they hate us for our freedoms” was much easier for you Raimondo than saying IsraHell did 9/11. After all, it would totally upset your jewish paymasters who pay you to write only half truths and you don’t want to lose all that money because that money provides you for your life of immorality.

  4. #4 by on September 19, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    Massive Drunken Hockey Riot Vancouver (HD) 2011

    youtube.com/watch?v=vqnzOL5Jjpw

    they sing the anthem towards 4 min

  5. #5 by Jim on September 21, 2012 - 2:48 am

    Let’s make a movie about Israel’s history, their religion, their rabbis, their criminality…..What? You say the movie would be too long?

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on September 21, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    @ Jim, long or not, it`s a good idea..

  7. #7 by MJ on September 22, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Adalberto Erazo Jr. you have seriously debunked Justin Raimondo!

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