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A homegrown Islamist on Friday in Alexandria, Va., learned he will spend two-and-a-half years in federal prison for his creating a radical Muslim website devoted to instilling fear in American Jews on the Internet through threats of violence, according to an FBI and U.S. Department of Justice press statement on Friday.

Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab, who changed his name from Joseph Cohen when he converted to Islam after being an Hasidic Jew, was sentenced in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom to federal prison for using his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” to cause American Jews to fear serious bodily injury from Muslims who visited Al-Khattab's websites. The websites he helped create also encouraged Muslims to support al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

According to the Justice Department, Al-Khattab, who lived in Atlantic City, N.J., and his colleague, Younus Abdullah Muhammad (a/k/a Jesse Curtis Morton) started Revolution Muslim in December 2007 in order to operate Internet message boards and websites with the purpose of encouraging Muslims in the United States and other nations to support Osama bin Laden, who was still alive at the time.

Al-Khattab and Muhammad also encouraged Muslims to give their support to American jihadist Anwar Al Awlaki, the al-Qaida terrorist network, the Taliban fighting the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and other groups or individuals engaged in violent terrorism, the prosecutors said.

On Jan. 8, 2009, Al-Khattab posted a video on the Revolution Muslim website that urged viewers who supported the Palestinians in Gaza to assist them by locating the leaders of the Jewish Federation in the U.S. and face them directly where they and their families lived. For example, Al-Khattab posted the names and addresses of synagogues in New York and the location of another Jewish organization in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Al-Khattab's website also contained a hyperlink to the website that posted “The Anarchist Cookbook,” which is a manual for building improvised explosive devices (IEDs). On Jan. 23, 2009, Al-Khattab's Revolution Muslim website displayed a video that accused the Jewish Federation of funding Israeli military operations against innocent Palestinians and called on viewers search for leaders of Jewish organizations in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

On June 22, 2012, Revolution Muslim founder Younus Abdullah Muhammad was sentenced to more than 11-years in federal prison. On Feb. 24, 2011, Revolution Muslim administrator Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25-years in prison. Muhammad and Chesser were arrested for making terrorist threats against the producers of the "South Park," a hit animated television series that poked fun at Muslim terrorists, according to an Examiner news story.

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