Cornell Students Shocked By Arrest Of Fellow Student Patrick Dai For Antisemitic Statement

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Federal charges are pending against an engineering student at Cornell University who is allegedly encouraging the murder of Jewish students.

According to the police, Patrick Dai encouraged other pupils to kill his classmates and posted explicit threats against them online.

This is a component of the increasing danger that officials claim Jewish students face as a result of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

“I really don’t think, and I don’t believe, that somebody at Cornell would make such evil and vile and disgusting threats,” student Sam Friedman said.

However, when Dai, a 21-year-old junior, made explicit threats against Jewish students online, federal investigators said that’s precisely what happened.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re living in 2023. Feels like we’re living in Nazi Germany,” one student said.

Following a joint search by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, state police, and local authorities for the individual responsible for making the horrific threats, federal agents detained Dai on Tuesday.

Cornell University issued a statement late last night thanking the FBI and denouncing the horrifying threats.

“Cornell University is grateful to the FBI for working so swiftly to identify and apprehend the suspect in this case, a Cornell student, who remains in custody. We also thank Cornell Police and Chief Anthony Bellamy for extraordinary efforts in supporting the investigation and protecting our campus community.

The university will continue to provide assistance to law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office as this case moves forward,” Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina said. “We remain shocked by and condemn these horrific, antisemitic threats and believe they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

We know that our campus community will continue to support one another in the days ahead. Cornell Police will maintain its heightened security presence on campus as the university continues to focus on supporting the needs of our students, faculty and staff.”

“I can’t imagine what would go through the mind of someone like that. First of all, you are making threats on this random website, like, why would you do that? I think it is really ridiculous, and I am glad that the person was taken into custody,” student Levi Schmuel said.

The Anti-Defamation League reports that there has been a nearly 400% spike in antisemitic events in the United States since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7. American Muslims and Jews are being targeted, according to the FBI.

“We’ve already seen that with the individual we arrested last week in Houston, who’d been studying how to build bombs and posted online about his support for killing Jews. And with the tragic killing of a 6-year-old Muslim boy in Illinois, in what we’re investigating as a federal hate crime,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

Dai is expected to appear before a magistrate judge in Syracuse on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Dai may be sentenced to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 if found guilty.