Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib puts Palestine on the map, literally
Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has made yet another mark of her heritage with a post-it note that marked Palestine on her world map in her office.
Buzzfeed reporter Hannah Allam posted the sticky note on Twitter, “Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib’s new congressional office.”
The map diverges from the United States' official policy of accepting the Two State Solution, completely wiping off any trace of a Palestinian state.
Whilst the image provoked pro-Israel Twitter camp to mock Rashida, claiming “there is no such thing as Palestine” and “Palestine never existed”, many came in support for Rashida and for Palestine.
“There are maps, as quoted, that show Palestine actually has existed and is not a fairy/nowhere-land”, one user tweeted.
Rashida Tlaib is the Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants -- the eldest of 14 children and on Thursday became the first Palestinian-American woman to be sworn in to serve in Congress.
Tlaib has said she intends to shake-up Congress, and rein in the US' "most pro-Israel" president in history, Donald Trump.
The Democrat has already stated her support for the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and said she would lead a delegation to the occupied West Bank.
"Calling out the oppressive policies in Israel, advocating for Palestinians to be respected, and for Israelis and Palestinians alike to have peace and freedom is not antisemitic," she tweeted in December.
"We all have a right to speak up about injustice any and everywhere."
In an exclusive interview with The New Arab last year, Tlaib said backing from Arab-Americans helped drive her on during her relentless campaigning.
One woman told her: "Please win, my kids are struggling with their identity, with who they are. They need to see somebody who has the same face in a position like Congress, to say 'yeah, we do belong here'."