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Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar sworn into US congress

8-1-2019

Michigan Democrat congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, was sworn into office last week wearing the traditional Palestinian dress as she had promised earlier. Tlaib, who is considered the first ever Palestinian Muslim member of US Congress, took her oath on a 1734 edition of the Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson, according to The Hill website. She graduated from Detroit schools to join Wayne State University and received her degree in law from Western Michigan University. Likewise, the first veiled member of Congress, of Somali origin, Ilhan Omar, was sworn into office on the Koran. Omar succeeded in lifting the ban on wearing a religious gear for the first time in years in the history of the US House of Representatives. (Al Diyar, January 5, 2019)

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