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article imageOp-Ed: Mideast violence erupts over anti-Islam film

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By Eliot Elwar     Sep 14, 2012 in World
This week, Israeli Arab official warns of ‘Armageddon’ coming over anti-Islam film, Clinton slams anti-Islam video as 'disgusting,' and Iran wants U.S. apology for hate film. Analysts believe that Islamic anti-Americanism will proliferate globally.
From the Washington Post: About 100 peaceful demonstrators marched outside the (U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv) embassy to protest the anti-Islam movie which mocks the prophet Muhammad. A top Israeli Arab Knesset official warned of “Armageddon” if the United Nations does not intervene.
From Google News: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently condemned an amateur anti-Islam film which has sparked violent Middle East protests, stressing the US government had nothing to do with it. "To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage," Clinton said. "The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message.
From UPI News: The Iranian government expressed frustration that Washington hadn't come out with a public criticism of a film seen as insulting to Islam. Anti-American sentiment turned deadly this week in Libya after the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi was attacked, leaving several diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead. Protests were reported at U.S. diplomatic outposts in Yemen, Egypt and elsewhere.
Analysis
The recent attacks on the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt and on the American consulate in Benghazi Libya were harsh reminders about the violent nature of the conflict being waged by Islamic fundamentalists against America and Israel. The protests were inspired by a short video that was declared “insulting” to Mohammed, but their actions were nothing more than a pretext designed to justify their violent riots. This outbreak followed rocket attacks from Gaza that forced school closing in southern Israel after causing home destruction in the region.
Additionally, public tensions between the governments in Washington and Jerusalem came into sharp view when Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly criticized America’s unwillingness to put in place “red lines” concerning Iran’s nuclear program. The White House in turn announced that President Obama would not meet with the Prime Minister when he comes to America later in September. This action by Obama will further damage the injured relationship existing between Israel and America.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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