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The Coptic Church condemns the short movie: "Innocence of Muslims"
With today's technology, individuals have found ways of posting offensive clips on the internet. A non-professional low-budget movie like "Innocence of Muslims" (14 minutes) should have been reviewed and banned by the sites that allowed it to be published. The Church condemns this movie and hopes those kind of clips will no longer be produced. Those kind of clips only target the unity of the arab world and aims to divide it up.
The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church met on Wednesday and issued a statement condemning the film.
"Its release at this specific time is part of a malicious campaign targeting defamation of religions aiming to divide the people, most notably the Egyptian people," the statement said.
The film has sparked assaults across the Middle East. In Libya on Tuesday, the storming of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi killed the American ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other embassy staff members. Libyan officials say the attack in Benghazi was a planned operation by heavily armed militants that may have been timed to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. and that the militants used civilian protesters as cover for their action. In Egypt, angry youths climbed the walls of the U.S Embassy on Tuesday in Cairo and brought down the flag. In Yemen, hundreds of protesters angered by the film stormed the U.S. Embassy on Thursday in the capital of Sanaa and burned the American flag, chanting "death to America" and "death to Israel." In Iraq, several hundred Shiite hardliners protested Thursday in Baghdad's Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, and the leader of an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, threatened anti-U.S. attacks. And in Iran, about 50 protesters shouted, "Death to America" outside the Swiss Embassy, which looks after U.S. interests there. Riot police kept the crowd at bay.