New Jersey man admits he tried to aid Hamas: prosecutors

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September 15, 2020 - 7:21 pm
Jonathan Xie

NEWARK. N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man who authorities said sought to aid the Islamic militant group Hamas and threatened to "shoot everybody'' at an unspecified pro-Israel demonstration pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge.

Jonathan Xie, 21, of Basking Ridge, now faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 27. As part of a plea deal reached with federal prosecutors in New Jersey, he pleaded guilty to concealing attempts to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Xie sent $100 to a person he believed was affiliated with a faction of Hamas in December 2018, and a few days later, posted on his Instagram account that he was "pretty sure it was illegal but I don't give a damn,'' prosecutors said.

The U.S. has designated Hamas a foreign terrorist organization since 1997.

In April 2019, a person wearing a black ski mask later identified as Xie said in an Instagram video that he was against "Zionism'' and the "neo-liberal establishment'' and, in response to a question, said he would join Hamas ``if I could find a way,`` prosecutors said.

Later in the video, Xie allegedly displayed a handgun and said he was going to go to a pro-Israel march "and I'm going to shoot everybody.''