‘Is this for real?’ Lots of ‘firsts’ when two Muslim Congresswomen are sworn in, some flagged ‘concerning’

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Newly elected Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, doesn’t appear to be concerned about allegations of antisemitism, judging by the way she behaved as the government’s bicameral legislature returned to session Thursday.

First, she announced that she would be sworn in with a Koran while adorned in a Palestinian gown:

“It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history,” Tlaib said about her swearing-in. “Muslims were there at the beginning … Some of our Founding Fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.”

Then someone reportedly stuck a Post-It note labeled with the word “Palestine” onto the world map in her office, according to Buzzfeed’s Hannah Allam.  The note appeared to cover up almost all of Israel.


The note, in particular, drew widespread concern on social media due to Tlaib’s connections to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, an insidious anti-Israel movement whose members believe that the world’s only Jewish nation-state shouldn’t exist.

“Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination — along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns — are anti-Semitic,” the Anti-Defamation League notes.

“Many individuals involved in BDS campaigns are driven by opposition to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state. Often time, BDS campaigns give rise to tensions in communities – particularly on college campuses – that can result in harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters.”

Observe social media’s reaction to the Post-It note below:

Following her election to Congress two months ago, Tlaib endorsed BDS.

“I personally support the BDS movement,” she said last month. “I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region.”


Except that the actions and rhetoric of BDS and its allies — including notoriously antisemitic left-wing political activist Linda Sarsour, who happens to be a close friend of Miss Tlaib (see picture below) — have made it clear the group has no interest in peace.

In fact, last year BDS founder Omar Barghouti reportedly openly admitted, “Palestinians and Arabs in general have never, and will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.”

As it turns out, Tlaib isn’t the only Muslim Congresswoman who aligns with BDS. Newly elected Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first-ever Somali American who was also elected to office on Thursday, does as well.

“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign said last November. “She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

But her own rhetoric indicates she has no interest in “a lasting solution,” unless of course it involves the elimination of Israel, as noted by social media:



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