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Michigan Man Charged With Anti-Semitic Death Threats Toward Hillel Employee

A 19-year-old in Michigan has been charged with a felony after allegedly sending anti-Semitic threats to a man who dated his ex-girlfriend, as well as to the man’s employer, the Hillel Jewish student center at Michigan State University.

The threats began in late October, according to the Lansing State Journal, when Jack Hurlbut allegedly told the Hillel employee via Facebook message that he would “smoke him” if he ever saw him.

Subsequents threats allegedly continued from his account and several others created by him, including messages saying “I think Alolf [sic] Hitler greatly benefited our gene pool by cleaning it up a bit” and “I’ll find you at the Jewish center. I’m coming for you.”

Hurlbut also allegedly repeatedly called the Lester and Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center, the Hillel at MSU, and threatened the man’s coworkers and other students. The first message to Hillel came the day before the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and continued for several weeks, until the victim went to the police on November 15.

“My coworkers were literally scared for their lives,” the Hillel employee wrote in the personal protection order he filed against Hurlbut.

East Lansing detective Ryan Kuhn testified in December that Hurlbut had admitted to him that he sent the threatning messages, the Journal reported. Hurlbut’s attorney and MSU Hillel director Cindy Hughey declined to comment to the journal.

Hurlbut has been charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony, and malicious use of telecommunications services. He could face up to two years in prison.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor for the Forward. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink

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