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Cornell holds Jewish unity rally against antisemitism

ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – A rally for Jewish unity took place at Cornell University on Sunday, April 14. This rally happened just a few days after a Cornell student accused of posting antisemitic threats online pleaded guilty in federal court.

Flags and signs waved high on Cornell’s art quad, with students from other universities joining to stand against a shared experience of antisemitism.

“College campuses have become the core of where these conversations come up, and having representation from other universities and in the community is so important,” Syracuse University student Julia Weinreich said.

“They can try to bring down our spirits, and they’re never going to fail you know. We’re going through some terrible times, and Israel, in college campuses, and we will never let that break our spirits, and I think this shows that. We’re dancing and singing, even with everything going on in the world, and here we are,” Binghamton University student Logan Swerdloff said.

Cornell parents and alumni also attended the rally in solidarity against the hate that has gone in the past.

“I have a son who’s a freshman here at Cornell, which has been one of the most hostile environments of college campuses, so I really wanted to be here today to show him that we support him and to show all the students that we hear them and we’re here for them,” Cornell parent and alumni Pam Brewster said.

Supporting the idea of a brighter future.

“Rather than the term resistance, which is used so much, I like to think we should turn it around and call it resolution because I think at the end of the day, everyone wants to see peace,” Brewster said.

And advocating for unity in the present.

When the threats came out last fall, Cornell released this statement saying in part: “We will not tolerate antisemitism at Cornell; indeed, we will not tolerate hatred of any form, including racism or islamophobia.”

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