Skip to content

Jewish boy turned militant Muslim says he's sorry - but is headed to trial over terrorism

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 FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted.
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


Comments


More U.S.

Evil federal judge rules Texas MUST fund Planned Parenthood Watch

Image of

Amid the controversy over investigative videos appearing to show illegal activities at Planned Parenthood, a federal judge has temporarily ... continue reading


Atheist teacher accuses Christian students of harassment for inviting her to church Watch

Image of An Atheist teacher (not pictured) was caught calling her Christian students names.

Susan Creamer, a teacher at Marritt Brown Middle School in Panama City, FL, is under investigation for taking to the internet to complain ... continue reading


First Lady criticized for recitation of The Lord's Prayer Watch

Image of Melania Trump read The Lord's Prayer and was met with immediate backlash.

First Lady Melania Trump has come under harsh criticism following a recitation of "The Lord's Prayer" during a rally in Melbourne, Florida. ... continue reading


Pray for San Jose! Thousands displaced as entire neighborhoods are submerged in floodwaters Watch

Image of San Jose floods as many blame the Santa Clara Valley Water District (NPR).

Previously drought-stricken California has received so much water, entire cities are flooding and thousands have lost their homes. LOS ... continue reading


Heroic woman saves officer's life during roadside attack Watch

Image of Hero Vickie Williams-Tillman (Right) saved Officer Billy Amie (Baton Rouge Police Department/Facebook).

Vickie Williams-Tillman was on her way to the grocery store when she witnessed an officer arguing with a man standing outside his vehicle ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

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

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.