Amid raging Muslim fury over the "Innocence of Muslims," a film deemed as offensive to Islam that has sparked worldwide anti-US and anti-Israel riots, one of Egypt's radical groups announced it will be fighting the movie reel for reel.
Egypt's Salafi group al-Gama'a al-Islamiya declared Tuesday that it will form a new movement – the "Supporters" – whose sole purpose would be to promote the Prophet Mohammed as a positive religious and social character.
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The method of choice: Producing anti-Zionist and anti-Christian films.
Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya held an emergency session in Alexandria over the weekend. Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Youm quoted Shura Council member Assem Abdel Maged as explaining that the new movement will be "in charge of projects meant to support and promote Islam, Mohammed and the decree of respecting the religions."
The movement will also have its own satellite TV channel – which he called a "religious dogma news channel" – bearing the same name, as well as a printing house to print books and informational material about the history of Islam and the Muslim world, and the Prophet and his work.
Abdel Maged added that the movement will focus on producing films on Christianity in Europe that will delve into the questions of why "many believers have forsaken it."
Films on Judaism throughout the ages are also in the works, he added, as are films about the history of Zionism – "so to increase global awareness to the movement's operations," Abdel Maged said.
The "supporters," he told the newspaper, "Represents devout Muslims and welcomes all newcomers… The movement means to promote a philosophical jihad that would present the true and correct Islamic doctrine."
Meanwhile, Egypt's second-largest political movement, the Salafist al-Nur party, said it will produce a movie about the life of Mohammed, titled "what would the world look like without Mohammed."