Now that J Street U has elected Muslim leader Amna Farooqi, the professor who turned her into a Zionist explains to Israelis why they shouldn’t find this distressing — just the opposite.
As a liberal Orthodox Jew living in Israel, Yori Yanover looks over at Jews in America and feels, well, baffled. Why do they choose to be represented by non-Jews like Amna Farooqi — or Michael Douglas for that matter?
J Street U’s new president Amna Farooqi has made no secret of being a “Pakistani American Muslim.”
After a congregation hosted speakers on both sides of the boycott debate, its leaders decided that Israel supporters shoot themselves in the foot when they refuse to talk to pro-BDS Jews.
The campus arm of left-wing pro-Israel group J Street elected a Muslim-American student to serve as president of its national student board.
Hillel’s Eric Fingerhut said sorry for snubbing J Street. But his contrite appearance did little to bridge the policy gap with student leaders of the dovish group.
AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.
Representatives of J Street U and Hillel met and failed to immediately agree on how best to collaborate on the national level.
Some complain that campuses no longer provide safe spaces for pro-Zionist students. But Jonathan Katz says the last thing these students need is to be protected from a ‘horde of evil BDS zombies.’
Despite condemnation from other Jewish organizations, Jewish Voice for Peace is holding on to its Jewish identity even as it actively supports the BDS movement. And it’s growing.