Palestinian-American women Rashida Tlaib (congresswoman) and Iman Jodeh have won election to the US House of Representatives.
Palestinian-American women Rashida Tlaib (congresswoman) and Iman Jodeh have won election to the US House of Representatives, with both lawmakers projected to secure an overwhelming majority of the votes in their respective districts in Michigan and Colorado.
After being elected as the first Muslim woman to Congress in 2018, Rashida Talaib comfortably fended off primary challenges in August to secure a second term for her Democratic seat.
Tlaib has faced incessant attacks from President Donald Trump as well as criticism from officials in her own party over her outspoken stances against the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.
Still, her comfortable re-election demonstrates her appeal to her constituents. In 2018, Tlaib won her primaries in a large pool of primary candidates. This year, she replicated that success when going against a sole challenger.
Another woman, Iman Jodeh has been elected to the Colorado House of Representatives after winning Democratic Party’s seat in the US House of Representatives from Colorado.
“We did it! I ran to make the American dream a reality for everyone. I am a proud Muslim, Palestinian American, first-generation American. And I am proud to be able to represent my communities,” tweeted Jodeh.
In an interview with Middle East Eye last week, Rashida Tlaib said Covid-19 relief will be her top priority for her second term in the House.
"We have to understand the impact and the harm that the pandemic has had on communities like mine, so I want to hit the ground running on a Covid relief package that gives people recurring payments," Tlaib, whose Detroit-based district is one of the poorest in the country, said.
She also vowed to press for a $1.5bn fund to ensure water as a human right to all Americans.
The congresswoman also pledged to continue advocating for Palestinian human rights despite pushback from some members of her own party.
"You can come after me for continuing to call out the establishment, to call out the hypocrisy when we say we're for the people, and we're not," she said.
"And that includes when you tell me that we're for peace, that we're for justice, but then we look away when Palestinians are oppressed by the same kind of racism that many of our communities of colour have experienced here in the history of the United States to continue to do so now", she further stated.