Controversial film draws reaction in Raleigh

September 13, 2012 8:14:37 PM PDT
A local Muslim activist is speaking out on the unrest spreading across the Middle East and North Africa.

Khalilah Sabra called the violent unrest a reaction by extremists.

"It's a tragedy and it's regretful," said Sabra.

That's how Sabra describes the actions of assailants in an attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed American Ambassador Chris Stevens and created chaos in other Middle Eastern cities in the last two days.

"I believe the majority of Muslims worldwide would denounce that type of behavior," said Sabra, who works to promote immigrant and Muslim rights.

She has extensive contacts with the political leadership in Egypt, who she said are working to promote peace.

"The behavior of a few is detrimental to the majority, and it has to stop. The question is how to make it stop," said Sabra.

Sabra is hopeful behavior of the man behind the controversial anti-Islam film won't spark further tensions.

"He has to realize that certain behavior -- his behavior -- is going to lead to certain consequences, and this situation led to the death of innocent people," said Sabra.  

ABC News is reporting the film's producer has received death threats, and wrote the script while he was in prison for bank fraud.

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