Jacob Burbar appears at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola...

Jacob Burbar appears at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola on Thursday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A West Hempstead man was charged with a hate crime on Thursday for making death threats while admittedly drunk against a Florida state legislator and her children after seeing a social media video accusing her of anti-Palestinian sentiments, officials said.

Long Island restaurateur Jacob Burbar, 60, was accused of calling the Tallahassee district office of Rep. Michelle Salzman five times on Nov. 11, enraged over a claim that she had called for the deaths of Gaza residents.

“You got to be kidding me. Kill all of them, really? How about kill you, [expletive]?” he allegedly said. “You want to kill all the Palestinians? That was a wonderful comment. Where do your children go to school? 'Cause I would love to come kill them and then you.”

He left five antisemitic and profanity-laced death threats on her office voicemail, prosecutors said.

Salzman, a conservative Jewish legislator, told Newsday she received a flood of hate mail and death threats after she said she was misquoted and misrepresented by another legislator saying she wished for the deaths of all Palestinians.

On Nov. 11, during discussions for a resolution in the Florida State Legislature calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, state Rep. Angie Nixon said, “We’re now at 10,000 dead Palestinians. How many will be enough?”

Although it’s not clear on recordings of her speech, Nixon said Salzman responded, “All of them.”

A video of the incident went viral, causing a backlash against Salzman and prompting Burbar to pick up the phone after admittedly having too many drinks and give her a piece of his mind.

“You need to get [expletive] assassinated first thing in the morning,” he said, according to a transcript provided by prosecutors. “And when you do, I’m going to have the biggest party on Long Island, in the world.”

Salzman said that for a month, she was under 24-hour armed protection for her and her family.

“That man threatened the lives of my children,” she said. “He said he wanted to kill them. We couldn’t leave the house.”

She said her address was posted online and hackers tried to infiltrate her computers.

“My life was 100% in danger,” she said. “This man got into the details in a very ugly way. We still fear for our lives.”

Nassau County investigators tracked Burbar down through his name and phone number left on some of the threatening voicemails and they said he confessed.

“I was drunk … I apologize,” he told investigators. “I am Arab, that's why.”

He was arrested Nov. 20.

On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree as a hate crime and two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree. The judge ordered him to forfeit his guns and barred him from communicating with the legislator or her family.

Burbar has faced legal troubles before. He was arrested in 2011 and charged with menacing and illegal weapons possession for allegedly waving a handgun at a man during a road rage argument in Garden City. The charges were dropped after police confiscated four handguns from his home, which were properly licensed.

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