Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar told Muslim Girl magazine that she "believes in and supports the BDS movement," adding that she has fought to ensure others are also able to openly support the movement. Omar, who was elected to Congress in the 2018 midterms, will be the body's first member to openly support the movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel.
Omar, a Muslim and a Somali-American refugee, was elected to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) in the state's 5th Congressional District. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.
"Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people's right to support it isn't criminalized. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution," her campaign told Muslim Girl in a feature published on Sunday.