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Daniel Mael, Brandeis, And The Lawfare Project
Petition Update

FOR ATTORNEYS: Police informed Daniel he will not be safe on campus. He needs legal help to liaise with Brandeis admin and local police.

 
Coalition for a Safe Brandeis

Dec 29, 2014 — Message from Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project:

Dear friends,

I am writing because you have expressed interest in providing your legal services on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in connection with lawfare-related matters.

A troubling situation has recently come to our attention for which we need your immediate help. Daniel Mael - an outspokenly pro-Israel student activist at Brandeis University and contributor to the website Truth Revolt - and his family are being targeted with vicious threats and harassment. Following the recent execution-style murder of two New York City police officers, Mael reported that a Brandeis student leader, Khadijah Lynch, had posted publicly viewable statements on Twitter expressing her lack of sympathy for the slain officers, as well as her disdain for Zionism and her call for an "intifada" (violent uprising) in the United States.

Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies ("AAAS") Department, posted the following from her Twitter account:

i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today.
- Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) December 20, 2014

lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist fucking country.
Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) December 21, 2014

a social justice themed institution grounded in zionism. word. thats a fucking fanny dooley.
- Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) December 1, 2014

i am in riot mode. Fuck this fucking country
- Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) November 25, 2014

i need to get my gun license. asap.
- Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) December 21, 2014

amerikkka needs an intifada. enough is enough.
- Khadijah (?????) (@punQros3) December 21, 2014

Most of the above tweets have since been deleted, and Lynch's Twitter account is now private.

Mael's original article on Lynch can be viewed here:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/student-leader-no-sympathy-executed-nypd-officers

After Mael's article went viral, Lynch received negative public feedback (including threatening and racist comments) and resigned from her position as Undergraduate Department Representative for the AAAS Department. Mael publicly denounced the threats against Lynch, as well as calls for her expulsion from Brandeis. Nevertheless, campus activists, including the Student Conduct Board, have demanded that the school punish Mael for "exposing" Lynch's tweets (despite the fact that they were publicly viewable until recently), and that he be held accountable for the public's reaction to Lynch's abhorrent statements. In an email sent to the president of Brandeis, senior administrators, professors, and students, a member of the 2014-2015 Student Conduct Board alleged that Mael "has potentially violated multiple parts" of a Brandeis code of student conduct, including "stalking." Mael's expulsion from school has also been requested.

Mael, as well as his immediate and extended family (including his grandmother), have since received threatening messages and harassing phone calls to their homes. Lynch's Twitter post, "i need to get my gun license. asap," appeared after Mael contacted her for comment regarding the tweets.

Campus police have advised Mael that he will be a target when he returns to campus, and that it is reasonable to expect that his tires may be slashed, his car keyed, and that other violent acts may be perpetrated against him. Mael has also been advised not to travel alone on campus during the day or night and to carry a bottle of mace.

Thus far, Brandeis administration has issued no public statement in support of Mael's First Amendment rights, nor any denunciation of the racist and threatening comments being made against Mael by other Brandeis students. Moreover, administrators have not indicated that any measures will be taken to protect Mael.

Mael's family will be meeting with the president of Brandeis and has requested legal representation at the meeting. They are also in need of counsel to act as a liaison with the local police department.

If an attorney can be secured, The Lawfare Project will assist, as needed, with legal research, analysis, or other work required for representation of the Mael family.

Please join us in helping the Mael family. There is no justification for a student, nor anyone else, to be targeted with threats and harassment for exercising his or her First Amendment rights.

My very best,

Brooke Goldstein
Attorney at Law
Director, The Lawfare Project
[email protected]