Amid Controversy, Biden Team Stands by Appointment of Palestinian-American Senior Aide

Reema Dodin faced immediate criticism from some conservative groups but is backed by veteran politicians and Jewish Democrats

Allison Kaplan Sommer
Allison Kaplan Sommer
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The appointment of Reema Dodin, a Palestinian-American Senate staffer, to a senior position by President-elect Joe Biden is being celebrated by Democrats and Arab-American organizations as fulfilling Biden’s promise to build a diverse team that “looks like America.”

But since the announcement of her appointment as Biden’s Deputy Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Dodin has also been targeted by right-wing bloggers and media outlets – and some Israel advocacy organizations – for her views on Palestinian issues.