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Georgia student arrested after making contact with speaker giving speech on Israel-Hamas war

A pro-Palestinian student at a private university in Macon, Georgia, was arrested after coming into physical contact with a conservative speaker on campus who was speaking about the Israel-Hamas war.

Savannah Grace O’Brien, a Mercer University student, was charged with simple battery Thursday after she had physical contact with Atlas Society CEO Jennifer Grossman, who was believed to be speaking in support of Israel, WMAZ-TV reported. He was arrested by campus police.

The Atlas Society is a conservative nonprofit organization promoting the philosophy of writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, author of such works as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

O’Brien was booked into the Bibb County Jail on Friday and released on $650 bail.

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Mercer University student Savannah Grace O’Brien was arrested by campus police on a simple battery charge. (Getty Images)

A video of the incident, posted on social media by the Atlas Society, shows a student wearing a mask and wearing pro-Palestinian and transgender flags challenging her position on the Israel-Hamas war and her previous positions. , was shown interrupting Grossman’s speech. She works as a senior vice president at Dole, a produce company.

A student approached Ms. Grossman in front of the auditorium and interrupted her speech. The student then criticized Dole’s labor and business practices and singled out Grossman.

Campus police officers were seen escorting students from their rooms after the incident.

“America was better than it is now,” the Atlas Society wrote on Facebook.

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Mercer University in Georgia

Savannah Grace O’Brien was booked into the Bibb County Jail and released on $650 bond. (Getty Images)


Mercer said in a statement that he is reviewing the incident and will take action “according to just cause.”

The university said, “Disruption or intrusion into the personal space of speakers is unacceptable.” “We hope this ultimately becomes a positive learning experience for our students.”

The speech took place at Mercer University’s Willett Auditorium and was sponsored by the university’s chapter of the conservative group Turning Point USA.

There have been numerous pro-Palestinian protests and disruptions at American universities since Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on October 7, leading to a retaliatory military response from the Israeli military.