Letterman Threatened With Assassination For Poking Fun At Slain Terrorist

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August 17, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

U.S. chat show host David Letterman has become the target of a terrorist death threat.
A website frequently used by members of terrorist group Al-Qaeda has posted an assassination threat against The Late Show host.

Muslims have been urged to kill the late-night presenter for making jokes about the death of accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan in June.

Umar al-Basrawi, the man who first posted the threat, wrote: “Is there not amongst you a (terrorist) 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… We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.”

Sayyid Nosair al-Masri was tried for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.

EW.com reports the threat was made on Shumukh-al-Islam – a site where messages from Al Qaeda frequently appear.