Brandeis University student Talia Lepson, who is scheduled to intern for the Democratic National Committee and serves as J Street U Brandeis' vice president, verbally harassed fellow Brandeis student and TruthRevolt reporter Daniel Mael early Saturday morning.
The encounter was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, which detailed the incident:
A top J Street leader at Brandeis University harassed a pro-Israel student activist early Saturday morning, calling the student a “shit bag” and telling him that “Jews hate you,” according to those who witnessed the incident.
Daniel Mael was walking to his dorm room on the university’s campus late Friday night when he encountered Talia Lepson, a J Street U Brandeis board member, who purportedly referred to Mael as a “shit bag” and angrily told him “Jews hate you.”
“I don’t feel comfortable on campus knowing people will lob verbal insults at me simply because we disagree,” said Mael, who has filed an incident report with the Brandeis police over what he described at the “uncivil environment that is developing on campus and the attempts to isolate students with differing opinions.”
The incident is just one of several at Brandeis lately in which pro-Israel students have come under fire for their attempts to defend the Jewish state on campus from groups such as J Street.
Mael said that he and a friend were returning to their dorm rooms at around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday when he came across Lepson—who says she currently works as a political intern at the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—and a group of her friends.
“As they approached, Talia Lepson give me a really, really intense stare and then I turned to the students and said, ‘Shabbat shalom,’” said Mael, who is an observant Jew. “I was being serious. I thought that religion and politics are not necessarily intertwined. I thought you could still be nice.”
Lepson “responded by saying, ‘Jews hate you’,” Mael said. “As she continued to walk, she screamed, ‘You are a shit bag.’” Mael said an unidentified person to her right hurled a similar insult.
Lepson's recent political activity is featured on a post on the J Street U Brandeis Facebook page:
Throughout this past academic year, I have served as Political Director of J Street U Brandeis. While serving as Political Director, I have led a delegation of Brandeis students to lobby Senators Warren and Markey against the Kirk-Menendez bill; have co-moderated a panel discussion with Lara Friedman, Director of Policy and Governmental Relations for Americans for Peace Now; and assisted in creating and leading a weekly meeting on AIPAC’s withdrawal of support for the Kirk-Menendez bill. In my spare time, I enjoy discussing politics and going on rants against the patriarchy.
She is also a Leadership Council Member of the Brandeis University Ethics Center. The Ethics Center's anti-Israel activity was recently exposed by TruthRevolt reporter Paul Bois:
The latest anti-Israel message presented by the center came earlier this year when the late Nelson Mandela's grandsons, Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela-Amuah, gave the keynote speech at Brandeis University’s annual celebration of “social justice,” in an event known as the “Deis Impact.”
Ndaba Mandela spoke about "discrimination" in foreign countries and directed his attack on Israel when he stated, "When the American government supports the Israeli army in disputes over the land against Palestine, that is discrimination."
The anti-Israel statements were met with the largest applause of the night according to The Jewish Press.