Cops stop car showing anti-Israel slogans, swastikas; say loaded gun found inside. Driver reportedly aimed to ‘educate the public’ on Israel-Hamas war’s ‘true events.’

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Police in New York state stopped a car this week that photos show was covered with anti-Israel slogans and swastikas — after which police said they found a loaded gun inside the vehicle.

Image source: Westchester County (New York) District Attorney’s Office

What are the details?

Hani Saleh, 47, of Elmsford was pulled over Wednesday because graffiti covered his car’s windshield, the New York Post reported, citing White Plains police.

In regard to the messages on his vehicle, the Post — citing a criminal complaint — said Saleh told police he was “trying to educate the public to the true events in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.”

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Image source: Westchester County (New York) District Attorney’s Office

More from the paper:

The hateful messages on his Volkswagen Passat included a Star of David and swastika intertwined and an American flag that had the white Nazi symbol where the 50 stars should be, according to photos from the complaint provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Saleh’s car also had “Hamas resistance is not terrorism” scrolled on it and “New ISIS” next to the American and Israeli flags, additional photos showed.

Image source: Westchester County (New York) District Attorney’s Office

Image source: Westchester County (New York) District Attorney’s Office

He also allegedly said “President Biden is a Zionist,” the paper reported, adding that Saleh said he was planning to drive to Washington, D.C., to protest the Middle East war.

Saleh also said he’s been stopped at multiple locations in Westchester due to the slogans and symbols on his car and was in contact with the FBI as recently as last week for the same reason, police said in the complaint, according to the Post.

Authorities told the paper the car was impounded because the license plate was allegedly fake, after which a loaded gun was found under the driver’s seat.

Saleh was arrested and charged for possessing a loaded semiautomatic weapon without a permit, authorities added.

The suspect was arraigned Thursday in White Plains City Court on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, the district attorney’s office told the Post.

Saleh’s next court date is set for Nov. 2, the paper said.

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