Yesterday morning, it was announced that, at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) would be barred from entry into Israel pending their formal visit this weekend. Shortly before Netanyahu’s decision, President Donald Trump tweeted that it “would show great weakness” for Israel to allow the Congresswomen to enter. Israel denies entry to thousands of American every year for their political views or simply for their Palestinian heritage. Its decision to bar entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib is part of a great pattern to shut down dialogue. Call on your elected representatives to support their colleagues! Congressional representatives should be allowed entry into Israel to voice their constituencies’ diverse views.
This outrageous act of defiance by America’s closest ally is a direct attack on American democracy. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens are represented by Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. They must perform vital oversight and ask questions on behalf of the American people regarding U.S. policy. This is particularly true in the case of Israel. Write to your representatives here!