April 25, 2014
Hammer time! Youssef al-Khattab Sentenced to 2.5 Years
Joey "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen prepares for his new cellmate "Bubba"
Yet another foe of the Jawa is at last in jail. Joseph "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen has finally been sentenced for trying to incite his followers to murder Jews.
And the reason that Cohen's incitement wasn't just normal, every day stupid internet incitement that no one really takes serious? As of 2010 nearly 1/3 of all domestic terror plots in the US had links to Cohen and his Revolution Muslim website. And the people he had ties to weren't just retarded wannabes like Jihad Jane, Emerson Begolly, or Terry Lee Loewen -- all one time followers or friends with Yousef -- but also bona fide terrorists like Samir Khan, Tarek Mehanna, and even Nidal Hasan. Yousef knew his audience and what they were capable of.
As many of you know, Joey and I go way back. Way, way, back.
Part of me is kind of sad. But only in that now what am I going to do after I've killed the arch villain? comic-book/movie sort of way.
The other part of me? This is the time at the Jawa where we dance:
A New Jersey man who used his Islamic organization’s Web site to advocate violence against those whose ideals he found offensive to his religion was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in prison — a modest term that a federal judge said he imposed so people would “understand the line” between free speech and criminal calls for violence.Gilbert Gottfried is rolling over in his grave right now. He is dead, right?
Yousef al-Khattab, 45, renounced his postings during the hearing in federal court in Alexandria, asking district Judge Liam O’Grady to hold him responsible only “for what I say, not how other people understood it.”
Derisively calling himself a “clown” and “the Gilbert Gottfried of the Muslims,” al-Khattab said he did not intend to incite violence but would not make the postings today that he did years ago.
“I look back now, and I’m very wrong,” al-Khattab said.
Anyway, I have no idea if Joey feels actual regret for trying to get his readers to kill his own people -- Jews (with apologies to our Hebrew friend, but the guy was at least born Jewish)-- or if he feels that sorrow of getting caught and then having to face the consequences of his actions. I honestly don't know. At least in his public personae, he did undergo a change over the past four years or so since he and Jesse "Younes Abdullah" Morton, co-founder of Revolution Muslim, broke up.
Here's the thing about Joey that maybe he doesn't even realize about himself. Even after he and Morton parted ways and Yousef embraced a more moderate version of Islam, he remained a supporter of terrorism. It's just that, like many other "moderate" Muslims, he defined terrorism in such a way as to exclude acts of violence against "Zionists" and US soldiers.
Khattab quoted in al Qaeda's Inspire magazine edited by his (now droned) friend Samir Khan
And remember, he defended nuking Israel and praising Nidal Hassan after CNN ran a story about how the "former radical" had found true religion and had moderated.
But, who knows, maybe he's moderated even more since then? Maybe now he only supports Nidal Hassan and instead of nuking Israel would now be content with merely rounding all the Jews in the Levant up, putting them in concentration camps, and confiscating their property.
A very moderate position compared to his former genocidal tendencies.
So, while we will miss the not-so-friendly rivalry that existed for the past decade between the staff at The Jawa Report and the now completely incarcerated staff at Revolution Muslim, for the most part we will be doing the M.C. Hammer dance.
And as a courtesy, please Hammer, don't hurt 'em!
Update by Howie: He did it!
Update by Vinnie: