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Newly-elected Democrat expresses support for BDS

Minnesota Democratic Congressional-elect Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, has expressed qualified support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

In an article published Sunday, the MuslimGirl website reported that Omar’s campaign told them: “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalised. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

Omar would be the first member of Congress to publicly support the BDS movement.

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In 2017, Omar voted “against a bill that would bar the state government from contracting with companies that engage in BDS”, noted the Forward.

However, when asked about the boycott at an August primary debate held in a synagogue, Omar emphasised that BDS was “not helpful in getting that two-state solution”.

In a text exchange since Sunday’s report, Omar said her position has remained consistent.

“I believe and supports the BDS movement, and have fought to make sure people [sic] right to support it isn’t criminalised, re: my vote against the Anti-BDS bill. I do however, have reservations on effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

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