In her latest briefing, Jean-Pierre began by addressing the concerning increase in reported antisemitic incidents in schools and on college campuses.
The Anti-Defamation League has documented a more than fourfold surge in antisemitic attacks in the U.S. following the Hamas terror attack in Israel on Oct. 7, and Israel’s subsequent military actions in Gaza. Antisemitic violence has also been observed in various parts of the world.
Regarding specific incidents, Jean-Pierre expressed the administration’s concern and close monitoring of antisemitic threats at Cornell University.
The university recently had instances of antisemitic graffiti spray-painted on campus sidewalks, and a professor, who has taken a leave of absence, made controversial remarks about the Hamas attack.
Directing her message to college students, Jean-Pierre assured them that their safety is a priority. She stated, “To the students at Cornell and on campuses across the country, we’re tracking these threats closely. We’re thinking of you, and we’re committed to countering terrorism and antisemitism at Cornell and nationwide.”
She reiterated the administration’s unequivocal stance against antisemitism but did not label all anti-Israel protesters as “extremists,” recognizing the diversity of opinions within this group.