The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that an Islamic man in New Jersey has been arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up Trump Tower and the Israeli embassy in New York City, providing support to Hamas, and threatening to shoot up pro-Israel supporters.
The 20-year-old man, who will not be named by The Daily Wire, was arrested on Wednesday morning for “attempting to provide material support to Hamas, lying on his application to enlist in the U.S. Army, and making a threat against pro-Israel supporters,” the DOJ said in a statement.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect emailed the Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of the Palestinian-Arab Hamas terrorist organization, stating that he “reverted to Islam a few weeks ago” and was interested in joining the group.
“In April 2019, [the suspect] appeared in an Instagram Live video wearing a black ski mask and stated that he was against Zionism and the neo-liberal establishment. When asked by another participant in the video if he would go to Gaza and join Hamas, [the suspect] stated ‘yes, If I could find a way,'” the DOJ stated. “Later in the video, [the suspect] displayed a Hamas flag and retrieved a handgun. He then stated ‘I’m gonna go to the [expletive] pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.'”
In other social media posts, the suspect stated, “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 … all you need is a gun or vehicle to go on a rampage … I do not care if security forces come after me, they will have to put a bullet in my head to stop me.”
“In December 2018, [the suspect] sent $100 via Moneygram to an individual in Gaza who [the suspect] believed to be a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades — a faction of Hamas that has conducted attacks, to include suicide bombings against civilian targets inside Israel,” DOJ added.
In February 2019, the suspect stated that he wanted to join the U.S. Army so he could “learn how to kill … So [he] can use that knowledge.”
The suspect completed a security clearance application for national security positions in February — an application on which law enforcement claims he lied when he stated that he had never “associated with anyone involved in activities to further terrorism.”
In April, the FBI surveilled the suspect outside of Trump Tower in New York City. Immediately after visiting the building, the suspect wrote on Instagram: “I want to bomb Trump Tower.”
In another Instagram post, the suspect wrote: “Okay, so I went to NYC today and passed by Trump Tower and then I started laughing hysterically … shit I forgot to visit the Israeli embassy in NYC … i want to bomb this place along with trump tower.”
“Each count of attempt to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine,” the DOJ added. “Each count of making false statements related to international and domestic terrorism carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce carries a penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.”