A jihadist has targeted late-night host David Letterman for assassination, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. The threat appeared on a web forum used to post Al Qaeda dispatches.
According to a private company that tracks extremist websites, a commenter has called on Muslims to kill Letterman after he took offense at a joke Letterman told on his show, the story says.
The threat was made on Shumukh-al-Islam, a site where Al Qaeda threats often first appear online in the U.S., the piece notes. It appeared after Letterman made fun of the death of accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed in June by a U.S. air strike.
The poster wrote: “He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden. We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.”
The post, by a commenter calling himself Umar al-Basrawi, also says: “Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever. Just as Sayyid (may Allah release him) did with the Jew Kahane.” The reference is apparently to Sayyid Nosair al-Masri, who was tried for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.
CBS, which airs Letterman’s show, had no comment, the story says.