Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the lone Palestinian American in Congress, gains relevance in Israel debate

Washington Post

By Michael Kranish
President Biden speaks with Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib, left, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, both of Michigan, on his arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on May 18. (Evan Vucci/AP)

When Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivered a fiery condemnation last week on the House floor of what she called Israel’s “apartheid” and “racist” policies, she invoked arguments that have long made her a pariah among some Israel advocates, led Republicans to call her anti-Semitic and alienated some of her Democratic colleagues.

So it was a remarkable moment this week, just five days later, when the lone Palestinian American member of Congress stood face to face with the president of the United States on an airport tarmac and, for eight minutes, engaged in an animated conversation about the U.S. response to the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestinians. Equally notable was the decision by President Biden later that day to praise Tlaib during an appearance in her hometown of Detroit.

Publish : 2021-05-21 15:03:00

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