Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Yousef al-Khattab radicalized others with his platform on YouTube

Born Joseph Leonard Cohen in Brooklyn, he would later rename himself Yousef al-Khattab and take his militant message of hate and dissension to the world via YouTube. Al-Khattab has since expressed regrets, and says he's sorry - but he's headed to federal court in Alexandria, Virginia to be sentenced on terrorism charges anyway.

Yousef al-Khattab is one of the founders of a radical Islamist group called Revolution Muslim, which became a gateway for young jihadists in the U.S. looking to join terrorist organizations overseas.

Yousef al-Khattab is one of the founders of a radical Islamist group called Revolution Muslim, which became a gateway for young jihadists in the U.S. looking to join terrorist organizations overseas.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Yousef al-Khattab, radical Muslim, terrorism


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Al-Khattab is being blamed for the way young Muslims were radicalized. There's little doubt that his platform on the video Web site YouTube galvanized others. Telling radio reporters that he made a big mistake, he now describes himself as a "failure."

Al-Khattab is one of the founders of a radical Islamist group called Revolution Muslim, which became a gateway for young jihadists in the U.S. looking to join terrorist organizations overseas.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

Al-Khattab pleaded guilty last October to using the RevMuslim Web site to "place persons affiliated with Jewish organizations ... in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury." He now faces up to five years in prison.

"I pleaded, I don't know the exact wording of it, but it was disseminating a threat on the Internet," al-Khattab said in a radio interview. "What I did was stupid and it was wrong and I am paying the price for that now, period."

Al-Khattab posted a video in 2009 of violence in the Gaza Strip. He then encouraged RevMuslim followers to seek out Jewish leaders in the U.S. and "deal with them directly in their homes."

He then posted a photo of a Jewish organization in Brooklyn, with directions on how to get there, adding that it tended to be full at prayer time.

"They interpreted me giving the message of Islam as being a threat to the Jewish community, which it wasn't," he began explaining.

When confronted on providing addresses and pictures of people in the Jewish community, he bowed his head. "O.K., O.K.," he said, "I am not defending that."

Al-Khattab converted to Islam while in his twenties, when he was living in the Middle East. He returned to the U.S. in 2007, he helped start Revolution Muslim.

He says he "fell in" with people who were more radical than he was, but law enforcement officials say al-Khattab spearheaded the group's radicalization efforts.

He's now concerned that his prison sentence will raise a rallying cry in the very radical forums he helped create.

"This was stupidity and this is what happens when you hang out with the wrong people," he said. "So it is my fault. I know when I go to jail, they will be, 'Allah, Allah, he's a mujahadid.' I am not a mujahadid. I am a failure."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More U.S.

Oldest living WWII veteran SHOCKED at AMAZING gifts from fellow countrymen Watch

Image of Richard Overton, America's oldest living WWII veteran may lose the home he built himself (GoFundMe).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Richard Overton is believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Overton has outlived most of his friends and his closest relatives. He currently resides in the same home he built himself in Austin, TX ... continue reading


Secret Service eyes Madonna after star threatens to blow up White House during Women's March on Washington Watch

Image of Madonna admits before a crowd of thousands that she has considered

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pop star Madonna was one of several celebrities attending the Women's March on Washington Saturday, January 21, just one day after Donald Trump was sworn into the Presidency. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Like many celebrities, Madonna spoke candidly without fear ... continue reading


Beheading videos and the ISIS flag - Masked man intimidates Trump supporters in Washington Watch

Image of Masked man revealed an ISIS flag and beheading video on his phone (InfoWars).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A group of President Donald Trump supporters were enjoying themselves in a sports bar in northwest Washington when a masked man approached the large glass window. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Outside the Proper 21 sports bar, the masked protester pulled a phone ... continue reading


'I could have been arrested...' - Nebraska law forcing nuns to remove habits in schools sparks controversy Watch

Image of Nuns are not allowed to wear habits in Nebraska schools.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Sister Madeleine Miller's efforts to substitute teach in a Nebraska public school ran afoul of a century-old law that left her bewildered - and prompted the state legislature to take another look at the law's dark past. Lincoln, NE (CNA/EWTN News) - "I was just ... continue reading


Meth cook and devil worshiper attacks mother then leaves her for dead with demon king's name written on her chest Watch

Image of Chase Wall attacked his mother and left her for dead with a demon king's name scrawled across her chest.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Chase Wall, a 33-year-old occult-obsessed meth addict, was arrested after beating his mother, stealing her car and leaving her for dead with a demon's name inscribed on her bloody chest. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Wall's 66-year-old mother was discovered in a ... continue reading


Amazing discovery in Canada reveals one man's controversial claim was TRUE Watch

Image of Evidence of stone tools used on a horse's jaw means humans arrived in North America thousands of years earlier than previously believed.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers at the Université of Montréal (UdeM) in Canada made an important discovery this year, changing a key element of North American history. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - New research suggests humans first traveled to North America 24,000 ... continue reading


When one Bible isn't enough, use two! Trump to take oath with TWO Holy Bibles Watch

Image of Donald Trump will be sworn into office using two Bibles.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Donald Trump will be sworn into office on January 19. At that time, he will have not one but two Bibles - one of which will be pulled from the Library of Congress collection to commemorate the special event. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Donald Trump will be ... continue reading


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Pro-Life Christian Leader and Hero Watch

Image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Christian Leader

By Deacon Keith Fournier

On January 27, 2017, the annual March for Life will take place once again in Washington, DC. On January 16th we commemorate a great Christian and Human Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was assassinated in 1968 for defending the fundamental truth of ... continue reading


Pope Francis cited in one bishop's call for change - Will it help? Watch

Image of Pope Francis has been calling for help on behalf of immigrants for years.

By Kevin Jones (CNA/EWTN News)

The upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump has raised questions about the future of immigration reform, but the nation's Catholic bishops remain hopeful. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "We also find it important that we engage the present incoming ... continue reading


'The Greatest Show on Earth' to pack up for the last time after 146 years Watch

Image of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus will close after 146 years (Todd Hesler).

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus announced they would be closing up shop for the final time this May after 146 years of bringing magic to families across the country. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Everyone knows the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 9:15, 24-28
15 This makes him the mediator of a new covenant, so that, now that a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm] Sing a new song to Yahweh, for he has performed wonders, his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 3:22-30
22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, 'Beelzebul ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 23rd, 2017 Image

St. Ildephonsus
January 23: St. Ildephonsus is highly regarded in Spain and ... Read More