Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Cornell University and the FBI are joining forces to investigate a disturbing series of threats targeted at the university’s Jewish community. The threats, which were posted on a non-university affiliated website, specifically singled out “104 West,” the location of the Center of Jewish Living on campus.
One of the threats, shockingly graphic in nature, called for physical harm to Jewish individuals, urging people to follow them home and “slit their throats.” As a precautionary measure, the Steven K. and Winifred A. Grinspoon Hillel Center at the university has advised students and staff to avoid the building.
Expressing her utmost condemnation, Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack described the threats as “horrendous” and potential hate crimes. She has ensured that the police, who have alerted the FBI, are actively working to identify those responsible for the threats.
The Cornell Center for Jewish Living (CJL) has also reached out to the community, assuring them that law enforcement agencies are fully invested in the investigation. In light of the threats, both the university and the CJL have reaffirmed their commitment to the safety of their students and promised to provide regular updates as the investigation progresses.
This incident highlights the alarming rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts of hate on college campuses. It serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering inclusivity, respect, and understanding within educational institutions. Cornell University has long prided itself on its diverse and accepting community, and the swift response to these threats underscores its commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all students.
As the investigation unfolds, it is hoped that the individuals responsible for these abhorrent threats will be swiftly brought to justice. Cornell University and the CJL continue to stand together against hate, determined to maintain an environment where all students can thrive without fear.