The Israeli press showed their discontent that 1 Democrat congresswoman was able to change a 200-year old rule forbidding religious headwear even before she is sworn in after the details of the House Democrats draft rules package became known.
The document shows how the Democrats plant to govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year and was published last week Thursday. Buried deep inside is a change of the headwear rule, allowing the Representatve-elect Ms Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to enter US Congress wearing a hijab.
Proposed speaker of the House, Ms Nancy Pelosi, seems to have made quite the trade-off with the progressives already in what is even her draft proposal as one of the rules that are supposed to be changed, allowed Ms Omar (who is Muslim) to clarify the 180-year-old rule against wearing hats on the House floor and change it in order to allow for religious headwear, including headscarves such as the hijab.
Related coverage: <a href=" http://thegoldwater.com/news/42653-Democrats-Push-For-US-Congress-To-Allow-Hijabs"> Democrats Push For US Congress To Allow Hijabs</a>.
Although the Democrats explained that it would also work for ‘medical headwear’ as one of their representatives is a cancer survivor, the Israeli press focused only on the change which was demanded by Ms Omar.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hats have been banned from the House chamber for 181 years. Under a new proposal from Nancy Pelosi, Jim McGovern and member-elect Ilhan Omar, the rule would be relaxed to allow religious headwear, like a hijab or kippah. <a href="https://t.co/RJZqrzmzSk">https://t.co/RJZqrzmzSk</a></p>— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) <a href="https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1063990174869114880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The US’s strongest ally in the Middle East fears that the proposed change is only a forebode of things to come as the Democrats allow more progressive ideas which favor the ‘Palestinian opinion’ in their midst.
Case in point was highlighted by Ms Linda Sarsour, a Democratic Palestinian-American civil rights activist who claimed earlier this week that any controversy surrounding Ms Omar (who has spoken against Isreal in the past) is a direct result of a dual stance by “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”
Ms Sarsour, one of the leaders of the Women’s March, posted a campaign on Facebook called #IStandWithIlhan, where she urges people to sign a petition and post supportive messages about Omar and free speech.
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