By New York Post
Manhattan, NY – A jihadist wannabe is a “terror” on the road.
Yousef al-Khattab is a Jewish-born, Jersey-raised convert to Islam who schleps tourists on his pedicab by day and propagandizes for the terrorists he idolizes by night.
“I give a real tour of the city — 47th Street, this is where they launder drug money for Colombia, this is the Garment District, from here they run the slave shops of the world,” the attention-loving al-Khattab, 41, said.
He spends his free time annoying mainstream Muslims by handing out hate-filled literature outside the city’s mosques with a handful of followers in tow or posting death threats against Jews disguised as prayers on his “Revolution Muslim” Web site.
“Anyone who denies jihad is not a Muslim, that is what the Koran says,” the bushy-bearded al-Khattab — birth name Joseph Leonard Cohen — told The Post. “I am talking about the physical, armed jihad, not the spiritual kind.”
Last January, al-Khattab printed the address and pictures of the Chabad Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn with the message “Do Not Let Orthodox Judaism Get Away From Murder in Ghaza.”
That screed was interpreted as a bomb threat, causing the NYPD to beef up security around the synagogue and pay al-Khattab a visit.
He’s on the radar of both the FBI and the NYPD, but he’s not considered a real threat, law-enforcement sources said.
Gregg Zukowski, president of the NYC Pedicab Association, said he was unaware of al-Khattab’s jihadi side until contacted by a reporter.
“He’s out there and working hard,” Zukowski said. “[His beliefs] don’t impact on his business.”