Hamas Sympathizer Threatening To Blow Up Trump Tower Arrested

Hamas Sympathizer Threatening To Blow Up Trump Tower and the Israeli consulate in New York was arrested Wednesday in New Jersey, the state's federal prosecutor said.

Investigators found a series of threatening message posted on social media by Jonathan Xie, 20, a sympathizer of the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip.

In December, according to the prosecution's statement Xie sent $100 via virtual transfer to an individual in Gaza whom he believed to be a member of the Al Qassam Brigades. He then bragged about it on Instagram, posting, "Pretty sure it was illegal but I don't give a damn."

He said in February he wanted to join the US army "to learn how to kill." In April, he posted photos of Trump Tower on Instagram superimposed with text saying he wanted to plant a bomb there.

On one photo, he added a "Yes/No" poll asking, "Should I bomb Trump Tower?" along with as a bomb emoji.

Later in the month, he posted an Instagram live video in which he displayed a Hamas flag and a handgun, stating he wanted to go to a "pro-Israel march" and wanted "to shoot everybody" there, the statement added.

"S*** I forgot to visit the Israeli embassy in NYC ... i want to bomb this place along with trump tower,” Xie added, according to a criminal complaint.

And when he was asked in an April Instagram Live video whether he would travel to Gaza and join Hamas, Xie allegedly responded, "If I could find a way." In the same video, Xi showed off a Hamas flag and a handgun. Investigators determined the gun was likely registered in Xie's father's name.

Later in the video, he said, “I’m gonna go to the [expletive] pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.”

“I want to shoot the pro-israel demonstrators ... you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people," Xie said in following Instagram posts, according to prosecutors.


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