JTA summarizes the important correctives to the Libyan embassy story:
He’s not a Jew.
At least that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.
The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in interviews.
And the ADL wants the media to do a better job at getting the word out:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed concern that the news media, despite their efforts to uncover and report on the true identity of the filmmaker responsible for an anti-Islam film that fanned violent protests across the Middle East, have not done enough to put to rest the myth that an “Israeli Jew” and 100 Jewish investors were behind the film.
“We are greatly concerned that this false notion that an Israeli Jew and 100 Jewish backers were behind the film now has legs and is gathering speed around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “In an age where conspiracy theories, especially ones of an anti-Semitic nature, explode on the Internet in a matter of minutes, it is crucial for those news organizations who initially reported on his identity to correct the record. It is not a question of freedom of speech; it is a question of responsibility. News organizations need to clearly correct the record so that this myth does not morph into another Big Lie blaming and scapegoating Israelis and Jews.”