Democratic Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib announced on Saturday that she plans to wear a traditional Palestinian dress to her swearing-in ceremony next month at Congress.
She made the announcement in an Instagram post featuring a photo of the dress she said she will wear to the ceremony. "Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress. #PalestinianThobe #ForMyYama," she wrote on Instagram.
Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American women ever elected to Congress. The Michigan lawmaker campaigned in favor of a two-state solution until just weeks before the midterm elections last month, when she backtracked from her support, and suggested to instead favor a one-state solution, with the Arab majority in control.
Earlier this month, she stirred controversy after announcing her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement– and suggested a planned delegation trip to the West Bank.
She said she would refuse an annual trip to Israel hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for freshman congressmen, and instead will organize a competing delegation to “occupied Palestine.”
“I want us to see that segregation has really harmed us, [especially in] being able to achieve real peace in the region,” Tlaib said in an interview with The Intercept. “I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”