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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Israel’s Decision to Bar Two Members of Congress from Country

Aug 15, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement after the Government of Israel announced its decision to prevent Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country:

“As our closest ally in the Middle East, there has never been a day when I have doubted the need to protect Israel and defend our shared commitments to peace and stability. As a Defense Appropriator, I have cast many votes to that effect.

The United States and Israel have also shared commitments to democracy and human rights as well as the freedoms of religion and speech.  In its decision to prevent Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar from entering its country, the Israeli government is not doing itself any favors. A visit is a unique opportunity to see first-hand the threats Israel faces and gain an appreciation for its painful history. They should welcome these women, and begin a conversation rooted in respect and diplomacy.

I urge the Israeli Government to reconsider this decision.”