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J Street has called on the Jewish community to shun a 21 year old college student for having different political views from its own.

On Friday, April 25, on the way back to his dorm room, Brandeis student Daniel Mael passed a  group of his peers with whom he had previously engaged in civil discourse about the state of Israel and the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Although they had often disagreed on many aspects of this issue, according to Mael, he felt that it was necessary to extend a hand of graciousness and respect to them in the name of civil and polite discourse. After all it was the Sabbath, and politics should never interfere with showing kindness to your fellow man.

And so, that Friday night, Mael wished these students a “Shabbat Shalom.”  Yet Instead of responding with the same respect and cordiality Mael afforded her, according to witnesses present,  Talia Lepson, a J Street U Brandeis board member, shrieked at Mael, “Jews hate you!” and “You’re a [expletive deleted]bag!” It was also reported that another unidentified male in the group echoed Lepson’s words, again hurling the vulgar epithet at Mael.


Understandably taken aback by this verbal lashing and feeling unsafe in such a hostile environment,  Mael filed an incident report with the university police. He also wrote at length about it on his Facebook page, wondering why this simple act of saying ‘Shabbat Shalom’ elicited such a hateful response. Yet by the time the Sabbath was over, he put the incident out of his mind.  Thinking it had passed, he began to focus on more important things like taking finals and finishing the semester.

But he was wrong.

That following Sunday afternoon, J Street National posted a blog on its website denying the incident had occurred. Moreover, they accused Mael of making up the story and claimed that he was the one harassing them. They wrote that he had engaged in a “campaign of personal intimidation and harassment” and implored others to distance themselves from “this blogger and others with a history of conduct driven by malice and deceit.”

But suggesting that Mael would make up a story which witnesses corroborated and then proceed to report that same story to the police is risible. He would not only be incriminating himself but the people with him who witnessed the incident.

According to Mael, he was deeply upset by this slander. It was bad enough to have been verbally attacked on campus. It was worse to have the perpetrators blatantly lie about it on a national forum and suggest that he should be shunned by the entire Jewish community. This bullying and  intimidation caused him great physical and emotional turmoil.

Unfortunately J Street’s behavior  is typical. Founded in 2008, J Street is an extreme left-wing national advocacy group that claims to be a pro-Israel organization. According to its website, J Street is committed to “fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people.”

But J Street has lobbied for anti-Israel legislation: it endorsed a North Carolina resolution proposed in 2012 by the North Carolina Democratic Party which called for negotiations with Hamas and it has supported efforts to divide Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.

J Street also has university chapters known as “J Street U” whose students have promoted anti-Israel activity. For example, at UC Berkley, J Street U students have supported the BDS movement, which calls for a boycott of the only Jewish state in the Middle East. Also, just last week at Swarthmore University, J Street U students co-hosted an event with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a rabidly anti-Semitic organization that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and which also promotes BDS on campuses.

Moreover, J Street has had a history of attacking and maligning its opponents and then, when called out for such behavior, it accuses others of harassment and claims to be the victim. For example, J Street has hosted rabidly anti-Semitic speakers such as Sam Bahour on its national stage. Bahour peddles slanders against the Jewish people, accusing them of engaging in ethnic cleansing and genocide against Arabs. Yet when activists in the Zionist community reject allowing such an immoral group into the pro-Israel “tent,” J Street claims it is being bullied.


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Chloe Valdary is a pro-Israel activist at New Orleans University, where she founded "Allies for Israel."


  1. J Street is one huge lie. They claim to be pro Israel , but their actions and view are no way in line with a pro Israel view. Their main financial backer is George Soros. For those of you who are not familiar with him. All u need to do is google him and u will see what an evil person this is. He was quoted stating that helping the nazi’s as a kid was the happiest time of his life. There is actual audio of this. Not just a quote. Look for it on YouTube. J Street is as anti Semitic as any Muslim you find walking down the street in Beirut.

  2. When I hear a “yes” to my simple and direct question to “J Street” leaders and supporters will I reconsider my strong opposition to this organization:

    Does the State of Israel have the RIGHT to be, to exist as the liberal democratic and sovereign nation-state of the Jewish people?

    To date, having posted this question at numerous sites, not a single “J Street” supporter or leader was willing to simply say: Yes.

    This tells the whole story!!

  3. J street is the epitome and the worst of JEWISH SELF-LOATHERS on university campusses and elsewhere.
    If you disagree with their RACISM, they deny you your 'Freedom Of Speech.'
    They are the descendants of delano's (FDR) 'Court' JEWs (like rabbi stephen wise) who, with the exception of Morganthau, stood by silently as 6 million JEWs, including 1.5 million children were savagely murdered by hitler, his Third Reich and the NAZIS.
    Like the puppeteer, george soros, they are ISRAEL and JEW Bashers which=ANTI SEMITES.
    They favor the first muslim-born US Pres more then ISRAEL and the JEWISH people's safety and security.

  4. And you can put the leadership of the Reform Movement in the same package as J Street, including some leading rabbis who would rather see the Jewish state perish than help to protect all of its citizens. J Street is the most reprehensible and divisive organization in the history of the Jewish people and deserve nothing less than to be tossed out of every university and synagogue in the United States, Canada and Israel.

  5. "JStreet" are pathetic self-hating Jews, who are desperate to be accepted by the non-Jewish world and hope by being antiIsrael and even supporting antiSemitism, people will like them more.

    J Street is also very good at embracing the Alinsky-style tactics embraced by their Lefty friends in recent years regarding any critics–attack, smear, lie, malign and try to appear as "victims".
    Best response to this type of behavior is to courageously stand up to them, call them out for the liars and bigots they are, and don't allow their name-calling to inhibit those who are on to how bad they are for Israel and Jews in general.
    They are the most disgusting, insecure, dishonest liars and bigots on the planet and should be publicly identified as such. In other words, "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander"!

  6. J Street is financed by George Soros the Nazi collaborator. The J Street Judenrat are working against the Jewish people and the Jewish state for whatever sick motive. They are no different than the Nazi collaborators during the holocaust and have the same motive to destroy the Jewish people from within. Their Jewishness is also questionable but they hide behind a Jewish veneer which must be exposed.

  7. Hey all,

    I just wanted to let you know that Swarthmore Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP) is completely unaffiliated with SJP. There is no SJP organization on Swarthmore campus, SPJP is by no means "rabidly anti-semitic," and it does not call for the destruction of anything. if it did, I wouldn't have been willing to co-host an event with them. Although some SPJP students supported BDS in the past, the group does not, I don't believe many of its current members do, and part of the reason I wanted to be involved with Swarthmore's J Street U was in order to have a platform from which to oppose BDS without also having to defend settlements. I can't speak about Brandeis, but the entire paragraph about J Street U Swarthmore is demonstrably false.

    While we're at it, Swarthmore is a college, not a university.

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