On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters in the 13th district, elected Rashida Tlaib to the be their next United States Congresswoman. Tlaib will be filling the seat of the disgraced Democrat Congressman, John Conyers, the longest running member of the House before he was quietly run out of DC amidst several sexual assault allegations against him. While Conyers was a sitting Congressman, his wife, Monica Conyers served a 3-year-term in prison for bribery while she was serving as a Detroit City Congresswoman. Former Congressman John Conyers (D) was hoping that his son would fill his seat, but when John Conyers III came up 1,000 signatures short on his petition to get his name on the primary ballot, Tlaib saw an opening in a weak US Congressional race and capitalized on it.
Newsweek celebrated Tlaib’s win.
Palestinians in the West Bank cheered on Wednesday morning as they awoke to the news that Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
She has become “a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world,” Tlaib’s uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters in the small Palestinian village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa.
In the video below, Michigan’s first Muslim Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib can be seen celebrating her victory by wrapping herself in the Palestinian flag and hugging her Palestinian mother.
Listen, as she tells the crowd about how proud the Palestinians on the West Bank are of her nomination to the US Congress, and how they’re glued to their televisions. You can also hear what appears to be a middle eastern male in the background expressing his enthusiasm, as he almost drowns out the sound of Tlaib’s voice with his celebratory ululation (a shrill sounding tongue trill that is commonly heard in the Middle East).
This is History. Watch every second of this.
Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian and Muslim American congresswomen, proclaims victory.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 7, 2018