On Tuesday, November 6, the first Palestinian-American was elected to the U.S. Congress, marking an historic day for Palestinians living in exile in the United States.
42 year old Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian refugee who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, is known asÂ an advocate for minority groups.
She was elected into Michiganâ€™s 13th Congressional District,
Tlaib joins Ilhan Omar as the first two Muslim women in the U.S. Congress, and Omar is the first Somali-American to be elected into congress,
Tlaib’s extended family in the West Bank celebrated her win on Wednesday, with her uncle Bassam Tlaib stating, “She has become â€śa source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim worldâ€ť.
He spoke with Reuters News from the small village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa.