Dec 4, 2018

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead delegation to the West Bank

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) plans to lead a congressional delegation to the occupied West Bank next year, breaking with the traditional visit to Israel for newly elected members of Congress sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), The Intercept reports.

The big picture: Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, told The Intercept that she wants the delegation "to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region." She added, "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."

  • Details: Last year, the Democratic members who traveled to Israel for the seven-day AIPAC trip had only one 75-minute meeting with a Palestinian official, The Intercept reports, instead meeting with Israeli officials and business leaders for most of the itinerary. Republican members also had one briefing with Palestinian officials during their trip.

The big picture: Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports an end to the Israeli occupation, told The Intercept: "Palestinian rights are being integrated into the broader progressive agenda. It's becoming also standard that if you support single-payer health care and climate justice, you'll support Palestinian rights."

Tlaib also told The Intercept that she is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses economic boycotts of Israeli goods to show support for Palestinian rights.

  • She said that BDS is a way to highlight "issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now."

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Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — hours before President Trump and members of the U.S. first family were due to visit the city as part of their visit to India.

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Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 53.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,699 people and infected more than 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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