Israel Bars Two Members of Congress from Visiting: Rep. Sharice Davids Calls for Decision to be Reversed

Rep. Sharice Davids is the second American Indian woman to preside at Speaker’s chair during a session of Congress.

Published August 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — The government of Israel on Thursday announced it will bar Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. The two freshmen members of Congress were due to visit Israel on Saturday.

The announcement came after President Donald Trump tweeted: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

Both representatives are Muslim and have spoken out against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Representative Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) issued the following statement on the Government of Israel’s decision to deny Representatives Tlaib and Omar from entering the country:

“A strong international relationship requires engagement and communication between governments, and the decision to ban Representatives Tlaib and Omar, two sitting members of Congress, from entering Israel is counterproductive to maintaining a strong US-Israel relationship. This action is not in line with the values we hold as democracies, and it’s wrong.

“Strong alliances can thrive even where disagreements exist, but they cannot thrive where free and open communication is shut down. This is an ill-advised and dangerous precedent to set  –  especially in light of the long-standing bond between our two countries – and it must be reversed.”

Rep. Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is one of two first American Indian women to serve in the U.S. Congress. She became a member of Congress in January 2019.

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