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Anti-Israel group at University of Michigan protests on Rosh Hashanah with ‘apartheid wall’

Students walk across the University of Michigan campus January 17, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

An anti-Israel student group at the University of Michigan staged an on-campus protest of Israel with an “apartheid wall” on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, according to Campus Reform.

Campus Reform reported that the pro-Palestinian student protesters “harassed passersby with anti-Israel slogans.”

Members of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality fashioned the “apartheid wall,” which was a mock version of the security fence at the border between Israel and the West Bank. Some participants dressed as Israeli Defense Forces guards.

Organizers said the demonstration was for Palestine Awareness Month.

The Michigan Review, a conservative student publication at the University of Michigan, reported that Jewish and other pro-Israel students were “deeply offended” that the university permitted the display on one of the holiest days of the year in the Jewish faith.

The Review added that some students at the school started a petition urging the university’s President Mark Schlissel to address the incident and offer his support to Jewish and pro-Israel students.

“We speak on behalf of many students in the Jewish and pro-Israel campus communities when we write that yesterday we felt ostracized and excluded as many of us sat in synagogue, unable to share our stories,” they wrote.

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