JERSEY CITY, N.J.
(AP) — Leaders of the Egyptian Coptic and Muslim communities in New
Jersey will come together in a show of unity to appeal for calm
following a wave of angry protests over an anti-Islam film.
authorities have identified a southern California filmmaker — a
self-described Coptic Christian — as the key figure behind "Innocence of
Muslims." The film, which denigrates Islam and the Prophet Muhammad,
has ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Middle East.
organizers of Saturday's interfaith meeting at The Islamic Center of
Jersey City say Coptic Christians should not be condemned for the
actions of one individual.
Jersey City is home to one of the
largest Egyptian Coptic communities in the U.S. It also has a sizeable
Egyptian Muslim population.