* Cartoons published in Arab papers depict Israel, US as responsible for anti-Islam movie that sparked riots in Muslim world.
* Producer of anti-Islam film offers no regrets-
Alleged filmmaker behind movie that sparked riots across Arab world says he feels guilty over deaths but urges viewers to watch entire film before judging. Man has been identified as Egyptian Copt, convicted drug fellon, ABC reports.
* Al-Qaeda urges Muslims: Kill US diplomats over anti-Islam film-
Muslim community's rage over film mocking Prophet Mohammad refuses to wane as protests reach Australia. Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based branch urges future violence against US diplomats in retribution.
The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda urged Muslims to step up protests and kill more US diplomats in Muslim countries in retribution over "Muslim Innocence," a US-produced film mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Al-Qaeda described the film as "another chapter in the crusader wars" against Islam.
"Whoever comes across America's ambassadors or emissaries should follow the example of Omar al-Mukhtar's descendants, who killed the American ambassador," the group said, referring to Tuesday's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other members of the US mission.
The violence sparked by a US-made film that denigrated the Islamic Prophet Muhammad has been making headlines worldwide over the past week, but the Arab media have also chosen to utilize caricatures to lob accusations at the United States and Israel.
One cartoon, published by the Gaza-based Palestine newspaper, claimed the Jewish state was behind the offensive movie. Featuring a man covering a wall in black paint found in a bucket printed with a Magen David on its side, the caricature was accompanied by the caption: "Israel produced the film that offended the prophet."
A drawing posted on a popular Egyptian Facebook group claimed the film was an American ploy to present Muslims as terrorists. The caricature showed Uncle Sam pondering how to commemorate the terror attack of September 11, 2001.
"We will produce a film that offends Islam," the caption read. "The Muslims will be outraged and the extremists will attack the embassies, and then we will prove to the world they are terrorists."
Jordan's Ad-Dustour newspaper released a cartoon blaming the West for the film. One image showed a Western diplomat lighting a cigar with a fire captioned with "hatred." A second image showed him being burnt by the flames, signifying that the plot had backfired.
Another Jordanian paper, Alghad, chose instead to criticize the Arab world for dealing with the movie instead of the civil war inSyria. The caricature showed a Muslim riding a horse towards a sign that says "offensive film," while leaving behind another sign reading "Syria – massacre of innocent people."
Another caricature showing a clapboard dripping with blood, captioned with "murder of the American ambassador to Libya," goes as far as to suggest that "Israeli hands" were responsible for the death of US envoy Christopher Stevens. The image was published in the Algerian paper el-Shorouk.
* Producer of anti-Islam film offers no regrets-
A man who claims to be the producer of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Arab world and in several Muslim-majority countries says he has no regrets about making the film.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt living in California, told an American Arabic-language radio station, Radio Sawa, that he was “saddened” and felt “guilty” over the violence, which resulted in the deaths of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans in an attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, but felt no remorse.
“No, I do not regret the film,” Nakoula added. “I am saddened by the killing of the ambassador but I do not regret making it.
“I am the one who leaked the 14 minutes and put it on the internet and I am thinking about releasing the full film (entitled ‘Innocence of Muslims’). Nobody manipulated my film.”
Asked if he felt guilty that the violence is being directed against US citizens, Nakoula said: “Yes, I feel guilty. America has nothing to do with this subject and is suffering the consequences of a film that has nothing to do with it.”
He continued: “I had published a book in 1994 (on Islam) and it impressed certain parties who asked me if I could turn this book into a movie and this is what I did.
“I have a message for the whole world and not for Muslims. I hope that you watch the movie in full before you judge it.”
He described himself as “an Arab thinker interested in Islamic affairs.”
New details regarding the filmmaker, whose identity has been shrouded in mystery, emerged overnight Friday. ABC News' website said that the film was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison.
According to the report, authorities identified Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt who resides in Cerritos, California, as the filmmaker, and said that he admitted his role in the movie after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film.
Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and was shot in a little over 12 days.
Authorities say he claimed the money for the movie came from his wife's family in Egypt.
Using the false name Sam Bacile, Nakoula had told reporters earlier this week that he was an "Israeli Jew," that the film had cost about $5,000,000, and that the money had come from wealthy Jewish friends.
Now he is "scared to death," authorities told ABC News, and fearful that harm could come to his wife and other family members.
On Thursday, it was reported that the film's cast and crew claimed they had been misled by the director.
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