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Congresswoman Tlaib Inspires Palestinian-Americans With A Dress And A Hashtag
Daniella Cheslow, NPR

Congresswoman Tlaib Inspires Palestinian-Americans With A Dress And A Hashtag

On Thursday, Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress. She wore an intricately embroidered red and black robe to her swearing-in ceremony and laid her left hand upon a Quran as she took her oath of office, inspiring legions of Palestinian-Americans who saw themselves in the attorney from Michigan.

on January 6, 2019
The Nation’s First Two Muslim Congresswomen Are Sworn In, Surrounded By The Women They Inspired
Michelle Boorstein, Marisa Iati and Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post

The Nation’s First Two Muslim Congresswomen Are Sworn In, Surrounded By The Women They Inspired

Khadra Mohamud stood in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s brand-new congressional office Thursday, taking in a new scene in American politics — a crowd of supporters, the majority of them women, many of them in hijabs, celebrating the swearing-in of a Muslim woman as a member of Congress.

on January 6, 2019
Palestinian Women Celebrate Rashida Tlaib’s Swearing-In With Traditional Dress Photos
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, Huffington Post

Palestinian Women Celebrate Rashida Tlaib’s Swearing-In With Traditional Dress Photos

Women posted photos with #TweetYourThobe to honor the first Palestinian-American congresswoman, who wore the traditional dress to her swearing in.

on January 6, 2019
116th Congress Updates: House Approves Plan to Reopen Government, but It’s Not Likely to Pass Senate
The New York Times

116th Congress Updates: House Approves Plan to Reopen Government, but It’s Not Likely to Pass Senate

The 116th Congress, with the House in Democratic control, has come to order.

on January 6, 2019
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held in Condemned Bedouin Village
Bel Trew, Independent

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held in Condemned Bedouin Village

A Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the West Bank, that this year has been the focus of international outcry after an Israeli court ordered it be demolished.

on January 6, 2019
Temple Will Not Punish Marc Lamont Hill, Issues Condemnation
Sarah McLaughlin, The Fire

Temple Will Not Punish Marc Lamont Hill, Issues Condemnation

The announcement finds Temple returning to its initial statement, which recognized that Hill’s speech was protected by the First Amendment.

on December 12, 2018
Pitzer College Faculty Moves To Suspend Israel Program In Support Of Palestinian Rights
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

Pitzer College Faculty Moves To Suspend Israel Program In Support Of Palestinian Rights

Pitzer College faculty have voted to suspend a study abroad program in Israel, sparking widespread controversy over what is believed to be the nation’s first such campus action in support of Palestinian rights.

on December 12, 2018
New Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Rejects Traditional Trip to Israel In Favour Of One to West Bank
Sarah Harvard, Independent

New Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Rejects Traditional Trip to Israel In Favour Of One to West Bank

Democratic Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has announced she will be leading a congressional delegation to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an unprecedented move given the traditional nature of American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) sponsored trips to Israel for new members.

on December 12, 2018
Rashida Tlaib Backs BDS, Plans To Lead Delegation To West Bank
Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward

Rashida Tlaib Backs BDS, Plans To Lead Delegation To West Bank

Rashida Tlaib, who became the first Palestinian-American ever elected to Congress last month, will lead a Congressional delegation to visit the West Bank, according to a report in the Intercept today.

on December 12, 2018