On October 31, a Jewish convert to radical Islam named Yousef Khattab pled guilty to trying to incite violence through his website. Khattab was previously in one of the most startling scenes in The Third Jihad, where he openly stated his desire to see America brought under sharia law.
The FBI says that Yousef Khattab, originally named Joseph Cohen, will be sentenced on February 7. He founded the Revolution Muslim website in 2007. His postings tried to incite Muslims to carry out acts of violence against Jews and the website was openly supportive of Al-Qaeda and other terrorists.
He is out on bond and insists that he “never intended to physically hurt anybody.”
Khattab can be seen in this clip of The Third Jihad preaching at the 2007 Muslim Day Parade in New York City. He does not condone violence in the interview, but endorses the goals of Al-Qaeda and other Islamists.
“We want to see Sharia here and it will be. The flag of Mohammed…will be on the White House, if that is where we choose it to be,” he says.
He explained on camera that he does not want to force non-Muslims to convert to Islam, but he does want them to live under Islamic law.
“There is no compulsion in Islam. That means we can’t force it on you, but we will force Islamic Sharia,” he said.
“It just takes time. The American people are waking up now.”
Khattab is seen demonstrating with members of a New York-based group called the Islamic Thinkers Society. One of his comrades frankly admits that he believes homosexuals should be executed by being thrown off cliffs.
A minimum of 15 people who have been arrested on terrorism-related charges have been involved with the Islamic Thinkers Society or Revolution Muslim.
Khattab’s Revolution Muslim organization later received widespread attention for making death threats to the creators of the South Park animated comedy show after it depicted Mohammed, the prophet of Islam in 2010.
The author of the threats was Younus Abdullah Mohammed, formerly known as Jesse Morton. He was also seen in The Third Jihad. He was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison in 2012 after he was arrested in Morocco.
“There’s a strong suspicion that they’re merely a setup to make Muslims and Islam look bad. They say such wild and crazy things that you have to wonder,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.
The case of Khattab serves as an example of the threats produced by the Islamist ideology. And CAIR’s reaction to Khattab serves as an example of how far the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood will go to deny that the Islamist ideology bears responsibility.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.