FBI Called to Investigate Alarming Threats Against Cornell’s Jewish Students

Aerial scenes from around campus on October 24, 2023. (Ryan Young / Cornell University)

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has been called to investigate disturbing threats made to Cornell University’s Jewish students. 

The university notified the bureau about what Cornell Police described as a “series of horrendous, antisemitic messages,” The Washington Post reports

“Police will continue to remain on site to ensure our students and community members are safe,” police said in a statement. 

The threats specifically mention the Cornell Center for Jewish Living. 

Screenshots of the messages, which were posted to a Cornell discussion board on a website for Greek life, were retweeted by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

“There is no space for antisemitism or violence of any kind,” James said. “Campuses must remain safe spaces for our students.”

In one post, Jewish students were called “rats.”

“If you see a Jewish ‘person’ on campus follow them home and slit their throats,” one of the posts read. 

Another post read, “gonna shoot up 104 West,” an apparent reference to Cornell’s kosher and multicultural dining room. 

Since Hamas militants attacked Israel, college campuses have encountered numerous threats against Jewish students.

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