US Congresswoman-elect Tlaib to wear ‘Palestinian dress’ at swearing-in

American Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib will wear what she claims is traditional Palestinian garb to her swearing-in ceremony. 

By Jack Gold, World Israel News

U.S. Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) announced that she will wear a traditional Palestinian gown when sworn into Congress in January.

Tlaib, of Palestinian-Arab origin, posted a photo of the embroidered gown on Instagram with the caption: ” Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress. #PalestinianThobe #ForMyYama (mother in Arabic).”

The dress she displayed is common to the entire Middle East, with nothing specifically “Palestinian” about it.

Among the reactions to her post was the comment: “Obviously she doesn’t wish to be an American.” Another said, “Not appropriate, not pro-American.”

Tlaib won a seat in the US House of Representatives in November to become the first Muslim of Palestinian origin in the House.

The daughter of Arabs who left the Samaria region for the U.S., Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. She told the UK’s Channel 4 News that she will “absolutely” vote against military aid to Israel.

My strength comes from being a Palestinian,” she declared after her victory, wrapped in a Palestinian flag rather than the Stars and Stripes.

She has stated that she is for a one-state solution – a bi-national state of “Palestine” to replace Israel – to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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A supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Tlaib is planning to lead a delegation on a visit to Judea and Samaria.