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February 15, 2012 Off

Revolution Muslim Leader Yousef al-Khattab Anticipates Arrest

Update: On June 22, 2012, Muham­mad was sen­tenced to 11.5 years in prison.

Yousef al-Khattab, cofounder and for­mer leader of the fringe extrem­ist Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim, has released a 20-minute video on YouTube respond­ing to Younes Abdul­lah Muhammad’s guilty plea last week to charges of using the Inter­net to con­spire to solicit mur­der and make threat­en­ing communications.

Al-Khattab, who headed Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim with Muham­mad between 2007 and Decem­ber 2009, infused the group’s activ­ity with his provoca­tive style and vir­u­lent hatred of Jews, espe­cially Ortho­dox Jewry.

In his video, al-Khattab spends much of the time talk­ing about the fine line between free speech and “being a mouth­piece for the muja­hedeen,” as well as his rela­tion­ship and activ­ity with Muham­mad dur­ing their time with Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim. Although he con­cludes that he never “did break the law,” he expresses his belief that he too will be arrested.

He also defends the state­ments he has issued online over the years. “I’ll never shut up….everything that I have said when it comes to the issue of Zion­ists or America’s for­eign pol­icy, occu­py­ing sov­er­eign ter­ri­to­ries over­seas, I believe that every­thing I said is true.” 

On sev­eral occa­sions, al-Khattab posted online state­ments that included implicit, if not explicit, threats, par­tic­u­larly against reli­gious Jews. For exam­ple, on Octo­ber 7, 2009, a poem by al-Khattab on the group’s web­site included lan­guage ask­ing God to “kill the Jews.” In the poem, which coin­cided with the Jew­ish hol­i­day of Sukkoth, al-Khattab listed ways Jews could be hurt, includ­ing by burn­ing “their flam­ma­ble sukkos while they sleep” and throw­ing “liq­uid drain cleaner in their faces.”

This pat­tern of online threats began sev­eral years before al-Khattab founded of RM when, in 2002, al-Khattab posted a seem­ingly threat­en­ing note regard­ing a New York rabbi. He posted the rabbi’s photo and home address and wrote: “Please make every effort to reach this man, and help him under­stand what its like to suf­fer under lies…Please Ikhwan [Ara­bic for “broth­ers”], just make con­tact with this man.”  Al-Khattab later claimed that his home was raided by the police because of a fab­ri­cated com­plaint by this rabbi.

Refer­ring to his 2009 post­ing on the Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim Web site of a pic­ture of Chabad’s world head­quar­ters in Brook­lyn with a mes­sage encour­ag­ing read­ers to “make EVERY attempt to reach these peo­ple and teach them the mes­sage of Islam or leave them a mes­sage from Islam,” al-Khattab admits that he is “the one that posted the things about Crown Heights,” and that he doesn’t view it as “any­thing ille­gal and I don’t think that it was a threat…”

He adds, how­ever, that he “would have thought that they [law enforce­ment] would have con­sid­ered that a threat much more than what he [Muham­mad] did.”

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February 9, 2012 Off

Younes Abdullah Muhammad Pleads Guilty to Threatening “South Park” Creators

Update: On June 22, 2012, Muham­mad was sen­tenced to 11.5 years in prison.

Younes Abdul­lah Muham­mad, co-founder of the fringe extrem­ist Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim, pleaded guilty on Thurs­day for his role in threat­en­ing the cre­ators of the car­toon “South Park.” 

Muham­mad (a.k.a. Jesse Cur­tis Mor­ton) was arrested by Moroc­can author­i­ties in May 2011 after being charged in the U.S. with com­mu­ni­cat­ing online threats. His threats tar­geted Matt Stone and Trey Parker for their satir­i­cal depic­tion of the Prophet Muham­mad in an episode of their car­toon. In Octo­ber he was placed into Amer­i­can cus­tody and brought before a fed­eral judge in Vir­ginia to face charges.
Muham­mad helped Zachary Chesser, who was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison on a sim­i­lar charge, draft a state­ment con­tain­ing lan­guage jus­ti­fy­ing “the death of those who insult Islam or defame its prophet…” The state­ment was issued on behalf of Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim in response to the national atten­tion gar­nered by Chesser after he threat­ened the “South Park” cre­ators on a num­ber of online platforms.
Under Muhammad’s lead­er­ship, Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim dis­trib­uted anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist pro­pa­ganda at its street protests and online, which often included implicit and explicit threats of vio­lence. The group was active mostly in New York until the end of 2010, when Muham­mad moved to Morocco. Cur­rently, it oper­ates under the name Islam Pol­icy.
Muham­mad, who has a long his­tory of jus­ti­fy­ing vio­lence against any­one he views as an enemy of Islam, served as Rev­o­lu­tion Muslim’s most pro­lific writer. In addi­tion to his var­i­ous posts on the group’s web­site, he con­tributed to Jihad Rec­ol­lec­tions, an online Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine cre­ated by Samir Khan. Khan, who is bet­ter known for edit­ing Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Peninsula’s (AQAP) English-language mag­a­zine, Inspire, was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2011, two years after he moved to Yemen to align him­self with Al Qaeda.
In the inau­gural issue of Jihad Rec­ol­lec­tions, released in April 2009, Muham­mad expressed sup­port for Al Qaeda, writ­ing that the Sep­tem­ber 11 ter­ror­ist attacks “…were, for the most part, pos­i­tive and the results even bet­ter than expected.” He also called on like-minded Mus­lims to “exploit these results and advance the jihad… It is time to begin to think about the nec­es­sary next steps that must pred­i­cate the con­quer­ing of Rome.”

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