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April 27, 2014 4:12 pm

Brandeis Student Reportedly Verbally Accosted by J Street U Leader

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Email a copy of "Brandeis Student Reportedly Verbally Accosted by J Street U Leader" to a friend A J Street-affiliated student leader reportedly verbally accosted Daniel Mael, a pro-Israel activist who attends Brandeis University.

Citing witnesses of the incident, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Talia Lepson, a board member of J Street U (the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby’s campus arm) at Brandeis, on Friday night called Mael a “s*** bag” and told him “Jews hate you.”

“I don’t feel comfortable on campus knowing people will lob verbal insults at me simply because we disagree,” Mael said.

The incident comes ahead of an April 30 vote on J Street’s application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The vote is being perceived as a litmus test for whether or not the mainstream pro-Israel community accepts J Street’s views as part of its so-called “big tent.”

After the Palestinian unity deal between Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas was signed last week, J Street urged the U.S. “to press forward with an even more assertive effort to forge a two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. J Street also called Israel’s decision to pull out of peace talks over the unity deal “premature.”

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