Patrick Dai, a Cornell University student accused of making violent antisemitic threats, was denied bail at his initial court appearance in federal court in Syracuse. The 21-year-old waived his right to a bail hearing, and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 15.
Dai was arrested after police traced several anonymous antisemitic posts and explicit threats to him through an IP address. In the posts, he made threats to “stab” and “slit the throat” of Jewish men on campus, rape Jewish women, throw them off cliffs, and decapitate Jewish babies. One post contained a promise to “shoot up 104 west,” referring to a Kosher dining hall next to the Cornell Jewish Center, and vowed to “bring an assault rifle to campus and shoot all you pig Jews.”
These posts were made on a fraternity and sorority website not directly affiliated with Cornell. The university suspended Dai after his arrest, and classes on the day of his arrest were canceled.
Cornell President Martha E. Pollack stated, “While we take some measure of relief in knowing that the alleged author of the vile antisemitic posts that threatened our Jewish community is in custody, it was disturbing to learn that he was a Cornell student.”
If convicted, Dai faces a maximum of five years in prison.