Arab Protesters in Akko: Only Islamic State Can Calm the Rage
A group of Arab protesters in the northern Israeli city of Akko had one message for the world on Friday, Channel 2 News reported.
“Only a large and strong Muslim state can calm the rage,” the report quoted several dozen Arab demonstrators in the city as having said.
The Arabs were part of a group who demonstrated after Friday prayers in Akko against an anti-Islam film that has sparked outrage in the Muslim world.
Channel 2 reported that some of the protesters called out “Osama bin Laden” and “Al-Qaeda.” They also claimed that “Jews and Christians can live in peace under the wings of Islam around the world.”
The protesters also reportedly called out “Obama is a coward” and “the prophet Mohammed is above all.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of worshipers on the Temple Mount started throwing rocks after Friday prayers and began a procession to the Damascus Gate area, in an attempt to reach the U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem. Police prevented the Arabs from reaching their destination. Several officers were injured by rocks that were thrown at them.
AFP reported that anti-U.S. protests erupted across the Muslim world, as violence exploded in Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen leaving two people dead and dozens wounded.
In Khartoum, guards on the roof of the U.S. embassy fired warning shots as a security perimeter was breached by dozens of Islamic flag-waving protesters, part of a crowd of thousands who had earlier stormed the British embassy and set fire to the German mission, an AFP reporter said.
A police vehicle near the embassy was also torched as hundreds of demonstrators broke through an outer security cordon after one protester was hit by a police vehicle and killed, a medic and the reporter said.
Violence also erupted in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, where a crowd of 300 Islamists attacked and set fire to a KFC restaurant, sparking clashes with police in which one person died and 25 were injured, sources told AFP.
The attack on the U.S. fast-food chain's outlet came as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit, calling for Christian-Muslim coexistence and attacking religious extremism.
Meanwhile in Yemen's capital Sanaa, security forces fired warning shots and water cannon to disperse crowds of protesters trying to reach the U.S. embassy.
Yemeni security forces blocked all roads to the mission, after similar confrontations left four people dead on Thursday, an AFP reporter said.
In Cairo, where the first protests against the film broke out on Tuesday, protesters again clashed with police outside the U.S. embassy, although calm returned later after the Muslim Brotherhood withdrew a call for nationwide demonstrations, saying it wanted to avoid loss of life and damage to property.
In Iran, meanwhile, thousands of people yelling "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" rallied in central Tehran.
State television showed the crowd streaming out after Friday prayers at Tehran University in which a hardline cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, blamed the United States for the crude film, "Innocence of Muslims," in which actors have strong American accents, which portrays Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.
"It is a wonder how those running a country claiming to be a superpower become so stupid in taking such actions," he said, according to AFP.
"In their recent lunacy, they have made a movie -- whose finances are said to be paid by the Zionists -- to insult the prophet," he said.
The crowd responded by chanting "Death to America."
The self-proclaimed producer of the film is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Copt living in California. Nakoula told American Arabic-language Radio Sawa that he had no regrets about making the film.
"No, I do not regret it. I am saddened by the killing of the ambassador but I do not regret making it," he said on Thursday.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)