The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

Jewish group fears 'blood libel' after anti-Islam film


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A prominent Jewish rights group expressed fears on Thursday of "another blood libel" against Jews stemming from a film mocking Islam that triggered riots in Muslim countries.

The amateur film denigrating the Prophet Mohammed was promoted by evangelical and Coptic Christians living in the United States (US), and the suspected producer is a Coptic Christian living in California.

But a man claiming to be the director of the movie posed as an Israeli American Jew in interviews with US media outlets, claiming to have raised US$5 million (S$6.14 million) for it from Jewish donors.

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organisations, said it was "deeply troubled" by those claims.