A once-fierce critic of US foreign policy in Iran and of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. took her supporters by surprise when it was revealed that she signed the Israeli lobby’s letter calling on Washington to renew sanctions on Iran. The Israeli lobby[…]
United States congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have called Israel’s decision to bar them from entering the country before a planned visit to the occupied West Bank “a sign of weakness” and “an insult to democratic values”. Tlaib, a 43-year-old Democrat of Palestinian heritage, reacted to the decision by[…]
Raucous crowds chanted “Send her back!” as US President Donald Trump stepped up attacks against four Democratic Congresswomen of colour, including Somali-born Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, at his first campaign rally since announcing his 2020 re-election bid. Trump termed the four legislators as un-American at the gathering in Greenville, North[…]
US lawmakers approved a measure that condemns anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hate amid a backlash over controversial comments by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The measure was approved in the US House of Representatives on Thursday by a 407-23 vote. The decision follows acrimonious debate over how to reprimand[…]
As Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives intend to reprimand Congresswoman Ilhan Omar once again for alleged “anti-Semitic” comments made last week, several commentators, experts and journalists – both Jewish and non-Jewish – have rallied to defend the embattled lawmaker. Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Elliot Engel,[…]
Following the election of Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib into the US Congress in November, the arrival of these two Muslim women in Washington has seen them closely scrutinised by opponents and critics over their willingness to challenge the political consensus. When Omar wrote in a tweet on[…]
Leading Palestinian- and Muslim-American rights campaigners have decried a proposed US House of Representatives resolution accusing Muslim congresswomen of anti-Semitism due to their criticism of Israeli policies, saying the measure amounts to anti-Muslim bigotry. Robert McCaw, director of the government affairs department at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), denounced[…]
The mid-term election of 2018 has garnered a lot of attention for various reasons. It is being called the Trump referendum even though he is not on the ballot, and is also witnessing quite a few firsts — first openly gay governor, and the first time a 29-year-old woman has[…]
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