New York-Based Muslim’s Web Site Calls for God to ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Burn Their Sukkahs While They Sleep’


arab-muslim-yousefJoshua Rhett Miller of Fox News reports: A New York bicycle cabbie who last year used his Web site to mock the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl posted a prayer calling for the murder of Jews and exhorting Muslims to “throw liquid drain cleaner in their faces.” And there’s nothing authorities can do about it.

Yousef al-Khattab, who runs and pedals a pedicab in New York City, insists the words he has posted on his Web site are a prayer, and not a threat – and that his hatred is protected by the First Amendment.

“If it was a threat, I’d be in jail,” the 41-year-old al-Khattab told from his home in Queens. “I’m asking my God, that’s what it is. Every supporter of Israel is an enemy combatant and the immune system is not anti-Semitic for resisting disease.”

Al-Khattab removed the Oct. 7 post a “few days ago” and replaced it with a post about a mosque in Yerushalayim.

An American-born Jew formerly known as Joseph Cohen who converted to Islam after attending an Orthodox rabbinical school – al-Khattab called on Allah to carry out “wrath on the Jewish occupiers of Palestine & their supporters.”

“Please throw liquid drain cleaner in their faces,” he wrote. ” … burn their flammable sukkahs while they sleep … Ya Allah (Oh God) answer my duaa (prayer).”

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News’ senior legal analyst, said the posting is “absolutely protected” by the First Amendment.

“All innocuous speech is absolutely protected and all speech is innocuous when there is time for more speech to rebut or address it,” he told “So even if this Web site were to call on Muslim freedom fighters to kill Jews, as long as there is time for someone else to challenge this with words, then the originals words are lawful.”

The blog post, signed by al-Khattab, notes that it should be taken only as a “prayer” and not as an incitement to genocide. But officials at the Anti-Defamation League are worried about its ability to influence others.

“Whether it’s a poem or a prayer, however he describes it, he decided to post it. And if you’re going to be posting a prayer like that, you just don’t know who’s going to read that and who might be influenced by it,” said Oren Segal, director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism. “There’s a certain amount of responsibility behind posting your own blog. We take it very seriously.”

Segal said the New York Police Department is “aware” of the blog post. Calls to Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of public information for the NYPD, were not immediately returned. has been monitored by the ADL since 2006, Segal said, and has roughly five to 10 active members who frequently distribute anti-Semitic literature in front of mosques throughout New York City.

“This is a group we’ve monitored for a while,” Segal said. “This is nothing particularly new, but then again, [the threat] has the ability to potentially influence people.”

The posting reflects the “prayer of every true Muslim,” al-Khattab said.

“Every true Muslim would say the same thing,” he continued. “Most people would agree that any occupied people have the right to defend themselves.”

Al-Khattab, who said he’s driven a pedicab in New York for the last three years, is married with four kids. He said he’s driven plenty of Jewish passengers without incident.

“I’ve never killed one,” he told “I suffer from mental Tourette’s [syndrome]. I say what’s on my mind. We have freedom of speech.”

Al-Khattab said he created with the mission of “preserving Islamic culture” and seeking support of the “beloved Sheik Abdullah Faisal, who’s preaching the religion of Islam and serving as a spiritual guide.”

Faisal was convicted in the U.K. in 2003 for spreading messages of racial hatred and urging his followers to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners. In sermon recordings played at his trial, Faisal called on young, impressionable Muslims to use chemical weapons to “exterminate unbelievers” and “cut the throat of the Kaffars [nonbelievers] with [a] machete.”

Authorities believe Faisal’s sermons influenced London transport bomber Germaine Lindsay and the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, who attended mosques where Faisal preached.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko told last year that it’s difficult to bring criminal charges against operators of Web sites like unless specific threats are made.

‘It’s usually a First Amendment right if they don’t cross the threshold of making threats,” Kolko said. “There’s nothing we should or could do.”

Gregg Zukowski, president of the NYC Pedicab Association, said al-Khattab has been riding a pedicab in midtown Manhattan “on and off” for the past several years without any reported incidents. Zukowski was unaware of al-Khattab’s Web site.

“He’s just like one of a 1,000 guys who ride a pedicab,” Zukowski told “There’s nothing that sticks out about him in particular.”

{Fox News/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Apostates are among the most damaging enemies of k’lal Israel. The first Grand Inquisitor descended from Jews. The first blood libel was fabricated by a Jewish apostate.

  2. Well, Sukkos is over, most of the Sukkahs are down and stored away. It seems that his prayer was ineffective. Hopefully it will remain that way. While his speech may be protected by first amendment rights, his soul certainly is not.

    I pity his end.

  3. I find it amazing that the authorities have not arrested this vermin. He has advocated violence against Jews. This is against the law. If the police refuse to do something then the Jewish community should. A few of our strong boys should go for a ride in his cab and teach him a good lesson. Vehamaven Yaven.

  4. He is a big rachmanus, a severly mentally ill person who suffers greatly. I think he has Jewish children, Hashem should have rachmanus on them

  5. #3, that would be a very bad move,besides the fact that this creature is probably armed, strong, trained and ready to fight,besides the fact that we’d probably end up in juvie. Rather an experienced lawyer should address the situation, and if it really is legal, whoever takes care of these things should pus for an amendment (yea right), on behalf of jews, blacks, hispanics, natives….

  6. Oy!!! I feel so bad for him! He is very obviously completely disturbed and is suffering!!! And he is a Jewish neshama! Imagine how he feels. We live in a crazy world and we just need moshiach to come right away so it will be “bayom hahu yihiye Hshem echad!”

  7. how come chabad or some other outreach hasn’t really taken an interest in bringing this guy back? obviously he is in need of help. if not for anything else, but to stop his violent ideas.
    it seems that he has psych anger issues that are very serious. i hope a qualified person will reach out to him.