By Zaid Jilani
When I think about the election of Minnesota Democratic Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, I have mixed feelings. On one hand, her election is a milestone: she is the first Somali-American Muslim woman elected to Congress and a strong supporter of Palestinian human rights in a Congress that often sees them as an afterthought.
But on the other hand, some of her the rhetoric on Middle East issues has been needlessly divisive, promoting ethnic and religious enmity between Jews and Muslims instead of promoting a peace and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she tweeted in November 2012, during a bout of violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.