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September 18, 2012

What’s in a Picture? — #IslamicRage Meets #OccupyWallStreet

So many people have emailed me this photo, I wanted to hear your thoughts about it. Here’s the caption:

Egyptian protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks pose for a photo graffiti on a wall of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists, have climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, went into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription, in protest of a film deemed offensive of Islam. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Given…

a.) this was taken during the U.S. embassy protest in Cairo quick on the heels of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Bengazhi and the killing of the U.S. ambassador,

b.) this action takes place very close to the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and commemoration protests in NYC, and elsewhere,

c.) people in Guy Fawkes masks were seen throughout the Cairo protests inviting parallels between recent Muslim unrest, the Arab Spring and OWS,

d) the video, titled “Innocence of Muslims” — drawing a cheap and perverted image of Muhammed, and nominally held responsible for sparking the Muslim protests against the US — has spawned many references to “the Prophet” in graffiti and protest signs,

….I’m interested to know how you make sense of this?

(special h/t: Loret Steinberg)

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