Israel is implementing President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” against her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mass.), and is doing so because of “pressure” from Trump, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) charged Thursday in a statement. In her statement, Omar says she’s not surprised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar her entry into Israel, because Netanyahu has “aligned himself with Islamaphobes like Donald Trump.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu has said his decision is based on Israeli law barring persons who publicly advocate boycotting Israel or, otherwise, support doing it harm.
Omar’s full statement is presented below:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to deny her entry into Israel and the Palestinian territories:
“It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government. Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories. Sadly, this is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.
“As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, it is my job to conduct oversight of foreign aid from the United States of America and to legislate on human rights practices around the world. The irony of the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East making such a decision is that it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation.”