Late night comedian David Letterman is the target of a prominent jihadist internet forum attack that has asked radical Muslims to “cut the tongue of” the host.
A contributor to the shmukh al-Islam online forum said that Letterman offended the group when he allegedly insulted Osama bin Laden and another senior al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri in a skit on his show.
The skit features Letterman “put[ting] his hand on his neck and demonstrat[ing] the way of slaughter,” according to a user who calls himself Umar al-Basrawi. The comedian supposedly made the gesture following the June 5 announcement of bin Laden’s death.
“Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi,” Al-Basrawi wrote on the forum, referring to the killer of Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League. “To cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?”
Letterman, who is not Jewish, was informed about the attack by The Site Monitoring Service, a private intelligence network that tells the US government about threatening online material.
The FBI considers the threat serious.