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New York state police and CUPD on site at the Jewish Living Center and kosher dining hall, after anonymous threats were posted on the forum Greekrank this weekend. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at the dining hall Monday morning to show support for the Jewish community.

November 2, 2023

LEVIN | I Thought I’d Be Safe From Antisemitism at Cornell. I Was Wrong.

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An arrest has been made after evil posts online called for the eradication of Jews at Cornell, the university I attend. But I feel no sense of closure. Even though the suspect, a fellow student, is in federal custody, the constant threat of anti-Semitism looms over us still.

I learned growing up in a staunchly conservative suburb of Orange County, California, that being Jewish is not for the faint of heart. As a kid in school, classmates threw antisemitic tropes at me more times than I can count. 

A week before my high school graduation, one student scrawled swastikas on his hands in ink and flashed them at me. For the antisemites among my peers, I wasn’t Gabriel, which is Hebrew in origin for “strength in God.” I was simply a dirty Jew, a penny-pincher — and other epithets that are much, much worse…

The original version of this op-ed was published in CNN on Nov. 1. To continue reading, access Levin’s full essay here

Gabriel Levin is a second-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences. His column Almost Fit to Print spans issues in science, social justice and politics. He is the host of Under The Sun, a Cornell Daily Sun opinion podcast. He can be reached at [email protected]

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