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Who is Cornell University student Patrick Dai, accused of threatening Jews

Patrick Dai, whose parents say he suffers from depression, was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Jews at the school in New York state as antisemitic incidents rise amid the Israel-Hamas war.
An undated image of Patrick Dai.

Patrick Dai, 21, a student at New York's Cornell University, was charged on Tuesday evening for allegedly threatening to kill Jews, in the latest in a series of antisemitic incidents in the United States amid the Israel-Hamas war.

On Tuesday evening, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York said they arrested Dai in Ithaca, New York and charged him with allegedly “posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications,” according to a press release.

Who is Dai? The attorney’s office said Dai is a junior at Cornell University in Ithaca and is originally from Pittsford, New York — about 80 miles north of the university.

His arrest followed a series of antisemitic posts on Greekrank, a discussion site about fraternities and sororities, on Saturday and Sunday. The posts included threats to kill Jews at Cornell University, a school located about 230 miles northwest of Manhattan.

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