Defend Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib!

A Statement by the Steering Committee of Solidarity

February 14, 2019

THE VICIOUS, DIRTY – and bipartisan – smear campaign against the first two Muslim women in the U.S. Congress, Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI), is just beginning. No one should imagine that Rep. Omar’s dignified apology for her tweets about the Israel lobby, which have been willfully twisted to accuse her of “anti-Semitic tropes,” will put an end to the attacks on her – or that Rep. Tlaib’s calling Donald Trump a “motherf****r” is what anyone is really upset about.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are under attack for who they are – as Muslim Arab-American women, and as progressive critics of U.S. foreign policy not only in Palestine but throughout the Middle East and in Latin America as well. They represent exactly what white nationalists and Islamophobes don’t think belongs in Congress, or for that matter in the United States. They also represent what the leadership of the Democratic Party doesn’t want either – outspoken opponents of the bipartisan blank check that Congress gives to the Israeli military, and the whitewashing of Israel’s brutal Occupation policies that veterans of the South African freedom struggle have called “worse than apartheid.”

Because the attacks on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are certain to continue and escalate, it is essential that anyone who wants to be considered “progressive” come to their defense now. That includes telling the Congressional Democratic leadership that it’s absolutely unacceptable to censure or threaten to strip them of committee assignments. Otherwise, the racist hyenas aiming to destroy them will come back for more.

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