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Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar came out against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement during her campaign, but after winning election, she now says she “supports the BDS movement.”
Omar, a Muslim Somali-American elected last week to replace outgoing Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) in the House, fought accusations that she held anti-Israel views during her campaign. As part of that effort, she told a group of Jewish voters in the state that she opposed the economic boycott of Israel, calling it “counteractive” and “not helpful in getting that two-state solution.”
The article goes on to state the following:
But Omar’s tune has changed since winning the election. In an interview published Sunday by MuslimGirl, Omar said she “supports the BDS movement.”
“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told MuslimGirl, which said Omar had been criticized for coming out against BDS. Omar’s campaign also pointed MuslimGirl to her vote against an anti-BDS bill in Minnesota’s state legislature and her argument that boycott movements were successful in South Africa.
The comment is seen as a complete reversal by members of the Jewish community in her district.
This is alarming. BDS doesn’t just criticize Israel’s gov., it denies its right to exist as a Jewish State. @IlhanMN also said she supports a two-state solution. Rep-Elect Omar, you owe it to your new constituents to clarify your views https://t.co/KkTFFfuPu8
— ADL (@ADL_National) November 15, 2018
Omar re-tweeted the following response:
This is irresponsible use of @ADL_National’s status as a civil rights org. @IlhanMN supports human rights of Palestinians by supporting the nonviolent #BDS movement, an increasingly popular position in the Democratic base. It’s completely legit, so the ADL better get used to it! https://t.co/VderMHeoUt
— Rebecca Vilkomerson (@RVilkomerson) November 15, 2018
After Winning Election, Democrat Ilhan Omar Now Says She ‘Supports BDS movement’ https://t.co/28pE1UWDXe
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 15, 2018
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