A campus group at the University of Michigan has called for a Jewish student to be removed from serving on the school's student government after he "verbally abused" a pro-Palestinian student at a demonstration.
Representatives from Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) assert sophomore Jesse Arm should be barred from the Central Student Government and brought up the issue at a CSG meeting on Tuesday, the Michigan Daily student paper reported.
According to the report, Arm was filmed denouncing demonstrators during a SAFE protest on November 19, as they held up a wall to represent the security barrier that runs along the border of Judea-Samaria.
"You're not serious about this, with these signs here," Arm is heard saying in the video. "It's disgusting. Take it down, you're not serious."
Notably, the demonstration was held just hours after 18-year-old American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz was brutally murdered in a shooting attack at Gush Etzion Junction.
According to the College Fix, Arm and Schwartz were from the same Jewish community in Massachusetts and had many mutual friends.
“I can tell you from firsthand experience this was a very emotional day in the Jewish community,” junior Matt Fidel explained to the student government, stressing that Arm was not confrontational in his actions but firm.
Other Jewish students at the university told the Daily that they too had been badly shaken by the demonstration and that the student government had no right to dictate to students what their beliefs should be.