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Hamas Sympathizer's Website Threatens Rabbi

What began as a routine exchange on an on-line chat program has exploded into threats by an Islamic fundamentalist on a New York rabbi and radio host, including instructions how to get to his home and advice to "make every effort to reach this man and help him understand what its [sic] like to suffer."



Rabbi Tovia Singer, who hosts a weekly radio show on Arutz-7 (IsraelNationalNews.com)
First Publish: 11/12/2002, 7:24 PM

What began as a routine exchange on an on-line chat program has exploded into threats by an Islamic fundamentalist on a New York rabbi and radio host, including instructions how to get to his home and advice to "make every effort to reach this man and help him understand what its [sic] like to suffer."

Rabbi Tovia Singer, who hosts a weekly radio show on Arutz-7 (IsraelNationalNews.com), reports that he encountered a Jewish "convert" to Islam named Yousef al Khattab on a Paltalk on-line chat. Khattab also tried out Satmar Hassidism for a few years and then membership in the Shas Party before becoming a Moslem. “During our conversation," Rabbi Singer said, "Mr. Khattab ranted endlessly on about ‘rabbis’ that he said sent police to his home because of complaints that he was beating his wife and children. You could only imagine how surprised I was to open his website 10 minutes after our troubling conversation to find that Khattab had posted on his anti-Semitic site the assertion that I was one of the ‘lying rabbis’ who sent the ‘Jew police’ to his home.”

Two NY Congressmen are so concerned about the threats on the site that they have urged U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to open an investigation. Calling it "incitement of the worst kind," Representative Benjamin Gilman (R) said, "I urge the Attorney-General to deal with this threat swiftly and decisively by removing the rabbi's personal information from the Internet before an incident occurs." Rep. Eliot Engel (D) said, "His life and his family are in danger, and the Attorney-General should do everything in his power to take immediate legal action against those responsible… We cannot ignore threats against Americans by radical Islamist groups."

Khattab, who grew up as Joseph Cohen, took along his wife and four children - one of whom he named Ovadiah, after Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef - on his journey to Islam. His website includes Rabbi Singer's photographs, home phone number, address, and a map of his neighborhood. The hate-filled website also asserts that "Jews are the nation of pigs and monkeys, and are nothing but a source of evil, corruption, tribulation and war; implies that Jews were behind the attack on the World Trade Center; and calls upon Muslims "to make Orthodox Jews worldwide pay the price." Singer, a foremost authority on missionary and cult activities, will broadcast his program tonight at 9 PM (2PM New York time) with guest Ambassador Alan Keyes on the homepage of Arutz-7/IsraelNationalNews.