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The University of Michigan reported that members of its board of regents woke up to body bags, fake corpses and toys covered in fake blood strewn across their front lawns and at their doors on Wednesday, May 15. Pro-Palestinian student groups claimed responsibility for the displays.

The University of Michigan attributed responsibility to several groups, including the Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Allied Freedom and Equality, and the Transparency, Accountability, Humanity, Reparations, Investment, Resistance Coalition.

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The acts of protest prompted the university to issue a warning, calling the act a “dangerous escalation” of students protests on campus. Meanwhile, Michigan’s secretary of state called the protest “horrific and unacceptable.”

The University of Michigan said that around 30 student protesters, some with face coverings, staged a protest at the home of regent Sarah Hubbard.

“This morning at 5:54 a.m. a group of approximately 30 individuals representing protesters from the University of Michigan’s campus entered my property, erected three tents and left behind a variety of toys, sheets and other items,” Hubbard wrote on X.

Protesters posted video to Instagram that appears to backup Hubbard’s account that student protesters “hand-delivered their demands” and were “holding Regent Hubbard accountable for the 35,000+ Palestinians martyrs whose death [she] funded and profited from.”

Responding to the protesters’ demand for the university to divest its endowment from Israel, Hubbard asserted that the university’s board of regents had made it clear in March that they would not divest. Hubbard added that the actions of the protesters “will not move their case forward in a satisfactory manner.”

Another regent, Jordan Acker, recounted his experience on X. Acker said the protesters had a list of demands that included defunding the police.

Protesters reportedly scattered as police arrived. So far there have been no reports of any arrests.

The protests were held on May 15, a day recognized by Palestinians as “the mass displacement” in 1948 of more than 700,000 Palestinians as Israel was formed.

The latest incidents come more than a week after pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted Michigan’s commencement ceremony and as encampments across American college campuses are dismantled following weeks of protests.

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[LAUREN TAYLOR]

A STARTLING AWAKENING FOR UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGENTS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

BODY BAGS, FAKE CORPSES AND TOYS COVERED IN FAKE BLOOD FOUND STREWN ACROSS THE FRONT LAWNS AND AT THE DOORS OF SOME OF THEIR HOMES IN THE EARLY MORNING.

PRO-PALESTINIAN STUDENT GROUPS QUICKLY CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY.

PROMPTING THE UNIVERSITY TO ISSUE A WARNING.

CALLING THE ACT A “DANGEROUS ESCALATION” OF STUDENTS PROTESTS ON CAMPUS. 

MICHIGAN’S SECRETARY OF STATE CALLED THE PROTEST “HORRIFIC AND UNACCEPTABLE.”

UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY AROUND 30 STUDENT PROTESTERS, SOME WITH FACE COVERINGS, STAGED A PROTEST AT THE HOME OF ONE  BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBER.

REGENT SARAH HUBBARD RECALLED WHAT HAPPENED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SAYING:

“THIS MORNING AT 5:54 A-M A GROUP OF APPROXIMATELY 30 INDIVIDUALS REPRESENTING PROTESTERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S CAMPUS ENTERED MY PROPERTY, ERECTED THREE TENTS AND LEFT BEHIND A VARIETY OF TOYS, SHEETS AND OTHER ITEMS.”

PROTESTERS POSTED VIDEO TO INSTAGRAM APPEARING TO BACKUP HUBBARD’S ACCOUNT. SAYING STUDENT PROTESTERS “HAND-DELIVERED THEIR DEMANDS” AND “HOLDING REGENT HUBBARD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE 35-THOUSAND-PLUS PALESTINIANS MARTYRS WHOSE DEATH YOU FUNDED AND PROFITED FROM.”

RESPONDING TO PROTESTERS DEMAND FOR THE UNIVERSITY TO DIVEST ITS ENDOWMENT FROM ISRAEL–

HUBBARD ASSERTED, THE BOARD OF REGENTS MADE IT CLEAR IN MARCH, THE ANSWER IS “NO!”

ADDING THE ACTIONS OF PROTESTERS “WILL NOT MOVE THEIR CAUSE FORWARD IN A SATISFACTORY MANNER.”

ANOTHER REGENT, JORDAN ACKER, RECOUNTED HIS EXPERIENCE SAYING, “PUBLIC OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO INTIMIDATING CONDUCT.”

ACKER SAID THE PROTESTERS HAD A LIST OF DEMANDS INCLUDING DEFUNDING THE POLICE.

PROTESTERS REPORTEDLY SCATTERED AS POLICE ARRIVED– WITH NO REPORTS OF ANY ARRESTS.

THE PROTESTS WERE HELD ON MAY 15TH– A DAY RECOGNIZED BY PALESTINIANS AS “THE MASS DISPLACEMENT” IN 1948 OF MORE THAN 700-THOUSAND PALESTINIANS AS ISRAEL WAS FORMED.

THE LATEST INCIDENTS COME MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER PRO-PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS DISRUPTED MICHIGAN’S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND AS ENCAMPMENTS ACROSS AMERICAN COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE DISMANTLED FOLLOWING WEEKS OF PROTESTS.

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