Here’s Yousef Al-Khattab (aka Joey Cohen aka Jooooey Cohen) before he fled to Morocco.
Full video transcript under the fold.
Yousef Al-Khattab: Hello, Occupy Wall Street. My name is Yousef Al-Khattab, and I’m the former co-founder of RevolutionMuslim.com, which I have nothing to do with, and had nothing to do with when they did the whole South Park thing — whatever that was all about.
I have to say honestly that for the first time in 43 years, I’m proud of something that the Americans have done. I am an American national. I live overseas, I live in Morocco now. I left. . . That’s a whole story in itself. . . But I just want to say: Keep up the great work with what you are doing.
I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican, and I’m not even a believer in democracy, but the United States was founded on the constitution, and it should be held to that and be accountable to that constitution.
I think you are the first people to really nail it. The problem is Wall Street, the problem is the bankers, and the problem is the media. The message that you are giving out is the whole reason that I wanted to start the organization “Revolution Muslim,” which was for the Muslims and to build a bridge between the Muslims and the thinking Americans as well, but it didn’t go in that direction, it just attracted a lot of rubbish — in the most part not all.
It backfired in our faces. Many people got arrested, and I would warn you to be careful not to fall into the same mistakes. Be careful who is your spokesperson. Be careful who you allow to represent you. For example, I wouldn’t want people to say that Yousef Al-Khattab — me — is behind . . . is part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, although I am in my heart, and if I was in the States I would at least support you, and if had money I would definitely support you, God willing.
But you are going to have a lot of people who don’t like what’s going on in the United States. Some of them are absolute whackos, white supremacists. Some of them are a mix of white supremacists and 9/11 Truthers. Some of them will never accept that fact that maybe somebody was a Hebrew there by you, and say that the head of this Occupy Wall Street, or the co-founder, was Jewish — then it is a Jewish conspiracy.
I had it double hard because my family are of Hebrew descent, and they didn’t know this, but my grandfather was a 32nd-degree Freemason — how about that? I didn’t even know it until my father told me so.
All these little things they’re going to dig up on you, and they’re going to throw it at you, and play the conspiracy card, etc. etc.
I just want to tell you that you’re doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work. Yesterday I saw what you did to Geraldo Rivera. I once said that. . . They called me up from Judge Napolitano’s show once on CNN. I was excited to speak to him because he’s a constitutionalist, and I happen to respect him. At the last minute he didn’t show up, and they put Geraldo on. He’s one of the biggest pigs that I’ve ever met in my life. Geraldo — whatever his name is . . . Goldstein. . . They turned my mic off and just let him try to whip me with his tongue. You can find “Geraldo Rivera and Yousef Al-Khattab” on YouTube.
Anyway, keep up the good work. I’m very proud of y’all. If I can, I’ll try to send support your way, by anyone who is on my Facebook page. Thanks so much for all you’re doing. I appreciate it. Cheers.