Cops Nab Cornell Student Accused of Threatening To Kill Jews

November 1, 2023

Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old junior at Cornell University whom prosecutors charged with posting online messages threatening to kill Jewish students on campus.

"Gonna shoot up 104 West," Patrick Dai allegedly wrote on a message board over the weekend, referring to the building that houses the school's kosher dining hall and is located next to its Jewish Center, which gives housing to Jewish students, according to a Justice Department press release.

Dai also faces charges of threatening to slit the throats of Jewish men, rape Jewish women, and behead Jewish babies. He also allegedly said he would "bring an assault rifle to campus and shoot all you pig Jews."

The charges carry a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as up to three years of supervised release. Dai is expected to appear Wednesday in a federal court in Syracuse, N.Y.

"We remain shocked by and condemn these horrific, antisemitic threats and believe they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Cornell spokesman Joel Malina told the New York Post.

He added that there will remain a "heightened security presence on campus" and that the school expects that "our campus community will continue to support one another in the days ahead."

This is not the first anti-Semitic incident that has occurred on America's college campuses in the wake of Hamas's Oct. 7 terror attacks on Israel. Days after the attacks, a woman allegedly assaulted an Israeli student at Columbia University while he was putting up posters of Israelis taken hostage in the attack.