Julian Castro: Israel Barred Omar, Tlaib ‘Just to Appease President Trump’s Fragile Ego’

By Melanie Arter | August 15, 2019 | 4:56 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates condemned Israel’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MInn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from entering the country and accusing President Donald Trump of playing politics.

As CNSNews.com reported, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, “As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to all its critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel."

The congresswomen support the international boycott of Israel facilitated by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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“Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib entry,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted Thursday.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said no nation should deny entry to any member of Congress.

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“I don't believe any nation should deny entry to elected Members of Congress, period. It’s an affront to the United States. Open and engaged foreign relations are critical to advancing U.S. interests. Trump is playing politics as he weakens our global leadership,” Harris tweeted Thursday.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called on Israel to reverse its decision to bar the congresswomen, which he said would show Trump that his rhetoric is dangerous.

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“Trump’s constant attacks on Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib are no secret to Israeli leadership. Reversing this decision would demonstrate they understand the dangerous nature of Trump’s racist rhetoric both here at home and around the world,” Booker tweeted.

“It is disgusting that a bigot like Trump is attacking @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN in this way. Opposing Netanyahu's policies is not ‘hating the Jewish people.’ We must stand together against those who promote hatred and racism in Israel, Palestine, the U.S. and everywhere,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted.

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Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro blamed Israel’s decision on an effort to “appease” Trump’s “fragile ego.”

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“Make no mistake, the Israeli government just barred two elected members of the U.S. Congress from an official trip just to appease President Trump's fragile ego. This is appalling. They should be allowed to enter,” Castro tweeted.

“It’s appalling that President Trump continues to attack two sitting Congresswomen and encouraged another country to deny U.S. officials entry. Trump's behavior is unacceptable, dangerous, and un-American. Israel's decision should be reversed immediately,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

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