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General News    H3'ed 11/18/18

Newly-Elected Omar Declares Support of BDS, Supporters Reject Smear Campaign

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Free speech and human rights supporters are rallying behind MN Dem Ilhan Omar after a pro-Israeli government group attacked the representative-elect for announcing her support of the BDS movement. Omar and Dem Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar expressed her support for the movement to several websites this week prompting many to declare #IStandWithIlhan.  That's not the outcome likely hoped for by the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League,  which  said in its tweet that "BDS doesn't just criticize Israel's gov., it denies its right to exist as a Jewish State." That claim is not true, as journalist Mehdi Hansan responded, "This is a lie. 'The BDS movement... steers away from the one-state-versus-two-states debate, focusing instead on universal rights and international law.'"

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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