Cornell University police have initiated an investigation into a series of antisemitic threats directed at the university's Jewish community through online posts during the weekend. The university's president made this announcement.
Earlier today, a barrage of abhorrent antisemitic messages, including threats of violence towards our Jewish community, with specific mention of 104 West - the residence of the Center for Jewish Living - were published on a website not associated with Cornell," President Martha E. Pollack stated in a Sunday press release.
In response to the threats, New York State police will bolster security on Cornell's campus, as announced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday. She characterized the individuals behind the threats as "terrorists" and issued a stern warning that those making such threats will find no sanctuary.
While standing alongside President Martha E. Pollack at Cornell's Center for Jewish Living, Governor Hochul disclosed that she had engaged in conversations with Cornell students in the wake of the threats. She also stated that state police would be enhancing security measures at Cornell, further ensuring the safety of the campus.
The university's police department has taken steps to heighten patrols and has implemented "additional security measures for our Jewish students and organizations both on and off campus." The university is maintaining regular communication with these groups to ensure their safety and security.
Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by several countries, including the United States, Israel, the European Union, and others. The designation is due to the organization's history of violence, attacks, and its stated goal of eliminating the state of Israel.
Yes, some of the usernames involved in the Cornell incident included the word "Hamas," as indicated by the posts published by the newspaper.
"We take all threats seriously and are collaborating closely with Cornell University, as well as our law enforcement partners at various levels, to assess the credibility of the threats, share information, and initiate the necessary investigative measures," as stated by law enforcement officials in response to the threats.
Threats have alarmed the college community. Bernstein, president of Cornellians for Israel, a campus organization that hosts community and educational events for Israeli students, called these events "totally unprecedented in my life and the lives of, I would say, pretty much all of my peers."