- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib on Monday came out for the first time in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Ms. Tlaib, who last month became one of the first two Muslim congresswomen and the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, told The Intercept that she supports punishing Israel economically in order to bring attention to “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.”

“I personally support the BDS movement,” the Michigan Democrat said.

Ms. Tlaib said she is planning to lead a congressional delegation to the West Bank in order to “humanize Palestinians” and provide an alternative to the traditional tour of Israel given to freshman legislators by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group known as AIPAC, The Intercept reported.

“I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region,” Ms. Tlaib said. “I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. … [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”

Ms. Tlaib’s endorsement of the BDS movement comes just weeks after Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, the other first Muslim congresswoman, faced criticism for supporting the movement. They are the only two members of Congress to publicly support BDS, The Intercept reported.

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