Widely denounced as despicable and offensive, the anti-Muslim video linked to Tuesday's violence in the Middle East has "all the haters feeding off each other," said Marwan Kreidie, director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation. "The consequences, however unjustified, are that people get killed."
Kreidie's nonprofit group provides immigration, health-care, and language support for the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Arab Americans in Southeastern Pennsylvania, many of whom felt unique pressure to comment after the riots in Cairo and Benghazi.
"People keep asking me to respond in my capacity as an American Muslim," said Amara Chaudhry, civil rights director for the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "I'm simply responding as a human being who is mourning a tragic and unnecessary loss of life."