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American colleges have been hotbeds of racial grievance and enablers of violence since the 1960s.
It should come as no surprise, then, that college students and professors are now celebrating terrorism and threatening Jewish students on their own campuses. Just on Thursday, the Department of Education announced that it is investigating five K-12 and/or universities for antisemitism.
Some of the most explicit violent threats have materialized at Cornell, my alma mater and one of the schools under investigation. Last month, a 21-year-old student, Patrick Dai, declared his intent to “shoot up” a kosher dining facility on campus. He was quickly apprehended, and it seems that Dai was suicidally depressed and perhaps not of sound mind.
Supporters of Palestinians rally at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Oct. 14, 2023. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Cornell students who are of sound mind celebrated Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre of Israeli women, men, children, babies, the elderly and entire families. A Cornell professor called the butchery “exhilarating.”
Cornell president Martha Pollack deserves credit for unequivocally condemning Hamas, antisemitism and those at the university who glorify “the