by Sheila Musaji (TAM)
Daniel Greenfield noted appreciatively on David Horowitz’ Front Page Magazine that Ali Sina and Mosab Hassan Yousef have upcoming films on Prophet Muhammad. He even includes a picture of what seems to be a poster advertising one of the films “Muhammad: The True Story of a False Prophet” and at the bottom “in theaters this summer”. Not surprising that he would approve since he also published Is It Time for ‘Make Your Own Mohammed Movie Month’? encouraging more films like “Innocence of Muslims. Daniel Pipes and Pamela Geller have also encouraged publishing more cartoons/films etc. until as Pipes said Muslims “become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.” Daniel Pipes added an update to his article A Muhammad Cartoon a Day noting that “The Los Angeles Times tells about two ex-Muslims, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Ali Sina, who have plans to make big-budget derogatory films showing Muhammad on screen. To which I can add a third ex-Muslim with the same intent, Imran Firasat.”
Mosab Hassan Yousef has gone through a number of ideological changes in the past few years.
Yousef’s conversion to Christianity was through the preaching of Father Zakaria Botros Henein.
In 2010 he published a book Son of Hamas. The title refers to the fact that he is the son of a senior Hamas figure, although he became a spy for the Shin Bet. At this time, Pamela Geller called Yousef “a brave heroic apostate out of Islam”. He faced deportation hearingsdue to some claims in his book. At this time, Alex Nowrasteh on David Horowitz’ Newsreal Blog said “Mosab is also the most valuable source of intelligence on Hamas that Israel has ever produced.” Debbie Schlussel wrote about Yousef saying “I am very suspicious of Youssef. I don’t know how much he actually aided Israel as a spy … And even if he did as much as he claims, so have many other anti-Israel Jew-haters Israel recruits as spies. There are no swans in the sewer. . . and the sewer is the general habitat of informants.”
In 2011, Walid Shoebat repudiated Yousef and Yousef and his former Shin Bet handler responded to Shoebat’s attack. Pamela Geller also repudiated him and called him “a fraud”.
In June 2012, Yousef visited Israel and spoke at the Israeli Parliament where he read a statement – he says he is now “free, loving, and forgiving” “truth and forgiveness are the solution for the Middle East’s problems”. He visited Israel as a guest of Likud MK Ayoub Kara. During that visit he announced that he was making a film on Prophet Muhammad that would reveal his “real nature” to Muslims.” While in Israel he also spoke at an event in Jerusalem hosted by Media Central, a pro-Israel press relations organization. Yousef isworking with Israeli film producer and actor Sam Feuer. Feuer will produce both a feature film adaptation of Son of Hamas as well as the Muhammad movie. Feuer said the movie has already interested sponsors and a major screenwriter who is in the process of creating the script.
The link Daniel Pipes provided about the film being made by Imran Farasat is to Farasat’s site in Spain, announcing that he will make a film and that it will be released in 2012 in 4 to 5 languages. Based on the site, and on limited google searches, Farasat is a Pakistani ex-Muslim now living in Spain. He seems to be a very marginal character who will produce something to be released on YouTube.
All of this adds credence to Justin Raimondo’s speculation about an Israeli connection behind at least some of these films.