US Congressional Representative Rashida Tlaib faces false accusations of antisemitism after attempting to speak empathetically and magnanimously about the relationship between the Holocaust and Palestinian history.
The media often distorts the Palestinian struggle for self-determination against the occupation, and the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza provides one such damaging example.
Hours after one of his supporters was arrested for threatening to kill the Minnesota congresswoman, the US president attacked the lawmaker at a meeting of Jewish Republicans.
The first female Muslim lawmaker in America, Omar has been receiving hateful comments and criticism for questioning the role of pro-Israeli lobbies in US politics.
Although a Gallup study reports that overall American support for Israel has fallen 5 percentage points compared to 2018’s poll, 59 percent of Americans still have high sympathy for the zionist state.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar spent the last three days facing a chorus of criticism after suggesting the Israel lobby’s donations might have something to do with support for Israel in Washington.
Ilhan Omar suggests US support for Israel is fuelled by money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, sparking uproar with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking her to apologise for using "anti-Semitic tropes" in her tweet.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives in January openly declaring their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS.
It's known as "the theatre committee" for its high profile, high-drama role investigating President Donald Trump's White House. And now, five of the fiercest Democratic freshmen in the House are players on that stage.
Somali-American Ilhan Omar, 36, won a seat for the Democrats in Minnesota - one of the first two Muslim women ever to sit in the House of Representatives.
Tlaib criticism of the anti-BDS legislation and the backlash it generated from rightwing groups hides the fact that Muslims and Jews are in danger in America.
Democratic leaders reflect their persistent concern that acting too quickly to press probe of President Donald Trump's ties with Russia or his personal tax records may be perceived as overreach and cause a backlash in next election cycle.
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