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NYC-based Muslim Extremist Group Seeks to Incite Violence against Jews

Posted: October 7, 2009

Revolution Muslim (RM), a small New York City-based Muslim extremist organization, has posted to its Web site a poem asking God to "kill the Jews." The poem, posted on October 7, 2009, is signed by the group's leader Yousef al-Khattab.

 

In the poem, al-Khattab prays for God's "wrath on the Jewish occupiers of Palestine & their supporters." He further lists ways Jews could be hurt, including by burning "their flammable sukkos while they sleep" and throwing "liquid drain cleaner in their faces."

 

In RM's view, most religious Jews are considered to be "supporters" of Israel and generally enemies of God. While RM is not known to be involved in any terrorist activity, in the past, its statements included implicit, if not explicit, threats of violence and its radical ideology is rooted in the propagation of violence.

 

During the war in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, RM posted a picture on its Web site 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 later reported that he and another RM member were questioned by the police about the post.

 

Along with al-Khattab's poem, RM posted images from recent clashes in East Jerusalem between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli security, which are linked to temporary restrictions on access to the holy places and allegations that Israel is conducting secret excavations under the Al Aksa mosque.

 

The posting of the poem coincides with calls by some Palestinian leaders to escalate confrontations with Israel and with the spread of anti-Israel incitement in the Muslim world based on the false allegation that Israel is willfully endangering Islam's holy places. For example, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood ideologue based in Qatar, has called for a Muslim "day of rage" on October 9 in support of Al Aksa mosque.

 

Al-Khattab, a convert to Islam from a Jewish background, divides his time between Queens, New York, where he reportedly works as a pedicab driver, and Tetouan, Morocco, where his wife and some of his children reside.

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