This is outrageous.
Ilhan Omar, one of the first ever U.S. Muslim congresswomen, hasn't even been sworn into office yet—but she's already being attacked by organizations with a history of promoting Islamophobia.1
Organizations including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are trying to undermine Omar because she supports the constitutional rights of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement—a nonviolent resistance tactic that seeks to pressure the far-right Israeli government over its anti-Palestinian policies.
Ilhan Omar is every Islamophobe's worst nightmare: a progressive Black Muslim refugee woman, who isn't afraid to speak truth to power. And after she won her election with an overwhelming mandate, they're scrambling for ways to undercut her.
Here's their justification: in a recent interview with Muslim Girl, Omar’s campaign stated that “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized.”2
The ADL took to Twitter to call this "alarming." That's right—the ADL is alarmed that an incoming member of Congress would support people's First Amendment right to boycott without fear of being criminalized.
Here's what's actually alarming: organizations like the ADL using their platforms to attack a trailblazing Black Muslim woman in order to undermine advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
1. "About the Anti-Defamation League," Jewish Voice for Peace, Apr 22, 2018
2. "Ilhan Omar: Why Advocating for Palestine is Not Anti-Semitic," Muslim Girl, Nov 11, 2018
Organizations involved in the #IStandWithIlhan effort include:
- American Muslims for Palestine
- Dream Defenders
- Florida Palestine Network
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- United Voices for America
- US Campaign for Palestinian Rights