For This Congressman, Support for the Palestinians Is Rooted in His Blackness

Ben Samuels
Washington
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Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – Only four Muslim Americans have been elected to Congress in U.S. history, three of whom — Reps. Andre Carson, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — are currently serving. Carson is the longest serving of the group, elected to represent his hometown of Indianapolis in 2008.

The 46-year-old Indiana Democrat has been at the frontlines of the unprecedented wave of progressive criticism of Israel, leading a letter urging the Biden administration to push Israel to better facilitate the transfer of COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians. He also co-sponsored Rep. Betty McCollum’s legislation on U.S. aid to Israel, and is consistently and unabashedly outspoken on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

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