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Meet the three pro-BDS representatives likely headed to Congress this fall

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With another pro-BDS candidate primary victory last night in St. Louis, it’s time to take stock of the BDS supporters most likely headed to Congress this fall. There are three, out of 435 lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

Cori Bush, St. Louis, Missouri

Bush’s congressional campaign website expressed support for “nonviolent actions like the BDS movement” and condemned “the effort to mischaracterize and demonize the BDS movement.” Bush won her Democratic primary this week.

Rashida Tlaib, Detroit, Michigan

Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to congress, has said the BDS movement is “pushing back against racist policies in Israel.” Tlaib won her Democratic primary this week.

Ilhan Omar, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Omar introduced a resolution to support the BDS movement last year. She is fighting a tough Democratic primary race ahead of the Aug. 11 election against Antone Melton-Meaux, who has generated significant support from Jewish and pro-Israel funders.


Molly Boigon

Molly Boigon

Molly Boigon is an investigative reporter at the Forward. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter @MollyBoigon.

Meet the pro-BDS reps likely headed to congress

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