Now on Arutz Sheva: Fitna, the controversial and censored movie by Geert Wilders that aims to energize the West into fighting back against its mortal enemy.
The movie, which shows the Western world some of the aims and means of its latest mortal enemy, extremist Islam, was banned first by the internet registrar Network Solutions and LiveLeak. The full version can now be seen in full on Arutz Sheva. Arutz Sheva provides this service in order educate the Western world as to the dangers facing non-Muslims and Western democracies all around the world.
The movie ends with a call for Europe to defeat Islamic ideology, just as it defeated the threats of Nazism and Communism in the past.
Geert Wilders, Fitna filmmaker and head of Netherlands Party for Freedom
Fitna: The Movie
Liveleak Publishes, Then Retracts
After his own site - FitnaTheMovie.com - was closed down by Network Solutions, Geert Wilders published Fitna on the video website Liveleak on Thursday evening, March 27, 2008. By March 29, Liveleak had removed Fitna from the site due to threats from Muslims. The movie was replaced by an announcement from Liveleak explaining their decision:
"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers. "This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised LiveLeak.com is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.
"Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture.
"We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high."
The movie has drawn condemnation from Arab countries around the world, as well as from Australia, Holland, the European Union and the United Nations. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, for example, rejected the film's premise of equating Islam with acts of terror and violence and said it is an attempt to incite racial hatred. Even the Netherlands' Central Jewish Board called the film's focus on anti-Jewish preaching by Muslims "counterproductive" and "generalizing."
The movie screens explicit texts from the Koran, as well as Moslem clerics calling for murder and violence towards all non-believers.
One frenzied Moslem cleric is seen calling for the murder of Jews; he unsheathes a sword and cries out, "By Allah, we shall cut off the Jew's head! Allah is great! Allah is great! Jihad for the sake of Allah!" The audience, in a similar frenzy, cheers him on.
One of the Koranic verses quoted in the movie reads, "Those who have disbelieved our signs, we shall roast them in fire. Whenever their skins are cooked to a turn, we shall substitute new skins for them, that they may feel the punishment. Verily, Allah is sublime and wise." This is followed by scenes of enemies of Islam being dragged through the streets, a bombed-out bus in London, an imam calling for death to all Jews, and signs at Moslem rallies reading, "Be prepared for the real Holocaust," "God bless Hitler," and "Islam will dominate the world."
Another quoted verse: "Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks, and when ye have caused a bloodbath among them, bind a bond firmly on them." Another Moslem preacher is then seen saying calmly, "Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered - this is the path to victory."
Imams and Moslem leaders are shown preaching, "Islam is a religion that wants to rule the world. It has done so before, and eventually will rule it again... By Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again! The day will come when we will rule America! The day will come when we will rule Britain! ... You will take over the USA! You will defeat them all! You will get victory!"
US Media Interest
The United States media has been relatively quiet on the story, compared to the amount of attention the movie continues to receive in the European press. The New York Times, for instance, last reported it on Thursday.
The Washington Post has an Associated Press story concentrating on the reactions to the movie, with nothing about its content; the report relates to the film as an "insult" to Islam, with quotes by many Islamic political leaders to this effect and comparing it to the Danish cartoons about Muhammed. An earlier Reuters story in the Washington Post followed the same line, though it included one and a half sentences describing the film's actual content.