J Street elects Muslim woman president of college chapters

By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A dovish pro-Israel lobby that has struggled for acceptance by more established Jewish groups has elected an American Muslim as president of a core initiative.

University of Maryland senior Amna Farooqi was voted president of the seven-member J Street U National Student Board on Sunday. Farooqi, of Pakistani descent, had previously served as a regional representative on the student board for the lobby. J Street formed in 2009 to counter harder-line pro-Israel lobbies and has been attacked by critics since as disloyal to Israel.

J Street has affirmed its commitment to the Jewish state, positioning itself as a liberal voice for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and a freeze on Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

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