Minnesota, Michigan send first Muslim women to US Congress

Posted November 08, 2018

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district becoming one of the first Muslim women elected to US Congress, .

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018.

"The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment", she told CBS last week. The news site said she was criticized by some Palestinian activists for being too engaged with pro-Israel lobbyists, and from some left-leaning Jewish activists who criticized her call for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

In recent interviews Tlaib has voiced support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slashing U.S. military aid to Israel and efforts to boycott the Jewish state.

She won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018 and contested the election on a party ticket. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

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Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. In 2016, she was elected a Democratic Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American legislator elected to a public office in the United States.

She attributed her success to her district's decision "to use the politics of joy, and vote with our warm hearts, even though it's a cold state". "This is someone who has cozied up to white nationalists... we should recognize him as what he is and more the conversation beyond him, beyond this divisiveness and to a place of hope, inclusion", Omar added.

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