Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib

Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts.

After Tlaib won her primary race in August, she published several anti-Israel tweets, and re-tweeted a fan who declared that Tlaib's "first fight was for Palestine, always Palestine".

Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

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Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel".

The 2018 Midterms may well go down in USA history as an election of firsts, with historic wins for Muslims, women, and LGBTQ candidates.

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Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress. She spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. The first refugee ever elected to Congress.

Tlaib supports the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against the state of Israel, which seeks to delegitimize and eventually extinguish the Jewish state.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee.

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant.

Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on USA aid to Africa.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

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