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US congresswomen slam Israel’s move to deny entry

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[…]

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Democratic resolution condemning Ilhan Omar sparks defence for embattled congresswoman

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,[…]

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‘Criticising AIPAC is not anti-Semitic’

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[…]

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Activists reject US resolution accusing Muslim congresswomen of anti-Semitism

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[…]

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US elects first Muslim women to congress

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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