NEW YORK – Police are investigating antisemitic threats made against the Jewish community at Cornell University.
University President Martha Pollack issued a statement calling the online posts “horrendous.”
“Threats of violence are absolutely intolerable, and we will work to ensure that the person or people who posted them are punished to the full extent of the law,” the statement read in part. “Our immediate focus is on keeping the community safe; we will continue to prioritize that.”
The president confirmed the threats were posted in a discussion board Sunday, but no other details have been released.
School officials called in law enforcement, including the FBI, to investigate the content of the posts, which appeared to be instigated by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Gov. Kathy Hochul posted a message on social media calling them “disgusting and hateful.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the posts are “absolutely horrific.”
Cornell’s website mentions 22% of the student body is Jewish.
Also in the New York City area, Columbia University students are calling on the school’s administration to support those facing antisemitism. Some say Jewish and Israeli students are feeling unsafe on campus.
They plan to hold a rally at 2:30 p.m. Monday on campus.