Jewish students at Cornell University were advised on Sunday to avoid the kosher dining hall at the university after threats were directed at the school’s Jewish students.
According to JPost, the threats were made in the form of messages that were posted on the university’s discussion forum, many of which called for physical violence against the Jewish students.
“if you see a Jewish ‘person’ on campus, follow them home and slit their throats. rats need to be elimination from Cornell,” read one message posted to the forum.
Another post referred to Israel as “the genocidal fascist Zionist regime” and claimed that “no Jew civilian is innocent of genocide.”
Cornell’s Hillel subsequently released a statement which said, “Cornell Hillel is aware of a threatening statement that was directed toward the building at 104West, which houses the university’s kosher and multicultural dining hall, as well as more generally toward Jewish students, faculty, and staff.”
“The Cornell University administration has been made aware of this concerning language, and the Cornell Police Department is monitoring the situation and is on-site at 104West to provide additional security as a precaution,” it added.
“At this time, we advise that students and staff avoid the building out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James commented on the situation at Cornell and wrote on X, “These threats targeting Jewish students at Cornell are absolutely horrific. There is no space for antisemitism or violence of any kind. Campuses must remain safe spaces for our students.”
The incident comes amid an escalation in anti-Israel sentiments and incidents on campuses in the US.
Last Wednesday, Jewish students at Cooper Union College in New York City were forced to lock themselves inside the library as a mob of anti-Israeli protesters blocked the doors.
About 40 minutes later, security escorted the students out of the building via a tunnel.
Earlier this month, alumni of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School launched an online petition in which they urge the Dean of the Law School to make a statement against the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel and be a voice of morality.
At Columbia University, an Israeli American professor blasted his employer in a fiery speech on campus, in which he ripped the university and its president for not publicly denouncing pro-Palestinian Arab student organizations.
This past Thursday, the US Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution denouncing antisemitism at higher education institutions and pushing leaders, administrators and faculty to voice their opposition to antisemitism on campus.