US Jews Wake Up: Muslim J-Street Head is 'Anti-Israel'

Two weeks after the election of a Muslim to head J-Street, more of her anti-Israel positions are coming to light.

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Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U (J Street's student subsidiary), is a "radical Muslim who spews hatred for Israel and its leaders, supports violence against Israel, and supports anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS)." So writes the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), summing up increasingly prevalent Jewish sentiment.

Daniel Greenfield, writing for FrontPageMag.com, had a different take on the same concept: Behind Farooqi's agenda "is the traditional conspiratorial idea that Jews have a great deal of power," he says. J Street U and its media allies are trying to sell Amna Farooqi as a pro-Israel Muslim, Greenfield writes, "when really she's just infiltrating the Jewish community because she thinks it's a more effective tactic."

Greenfield quotes her as saying, "Because I was Muslim I had a sense of Muslim solidarity with Palestinians… I got involved in this because I want to make change, and I think the American Jewish community has more agency. If I thought moving the American Muslim community would move this – they just don’t have the role in it…"

In another article, Greenfield writes that Farooqi told one public gathering, "We are not here to talk about the pro-Israel conversation on campus. We are here to talk about the occupation." She further avowed that the coming year for J Street U is going to be all about "year-long anti-occupation work."

"J Street has lost its right to claim it is pro-Israel and pro-Peace," the ZOA summed up.

Sample tweets or retweets by Farooqi include, "Wonder how many American Jews hear of the horror inflicted on Gaza this summer?" and "Wonder what Bibi would say if Palestinians applied his Iran logic to their situation "We must stop aggression at all costs". She also implied support for Palestinian terrorism when she tweeted, "Every movement exercises a range of acts of resistance."

Farooqi is a 21-year-old University of Maryland student, the daughter of Pakistani parents. She grew up in a Washington, D.C. suburb in what she called a "fairly religious" Muslim home. At the J Street Conference in March of this year, she condemned Israel for "occupation," "oppression," and "racism [that is] pervasive and draining." She has often mentioned the "horror inflicted [by Israel] on Gaza this summer."

The ZOA also brings to light Farooqi's sympathy for Palestinian-Arab terrorists convicted of committing murderous acts against Israelis, in that she has retweeted the following: "You know where the Palestinian Gandhi is? In Israeli prison."

Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz has said, "I went back and I read every single J Street press release from the first day of its existence. I could not find a single one of them that praised Israel. How can you be a pro-Israel organization and never express any pro-Israel views? "

ZOA President Morton Klein stated: "J Street U's new radical Muslim president, Amna Farooqi - who apparently supports the Hamas terrorist organization over Israel, supports violence against Israeli Jews (which she labels "resistance"), supports anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions, and promotes ugly lies against the Jewish State of Israel and her leaders - makes clear that J Street no longer has any right to claim to be 'pro-Israel, pro-peace.'"