Ilhan Omar: Israel’s entry ban is ‘an insult to democratic values’


Middle East Eye quoted USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer in their article about Israel barring the entrance of Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said barring Tlaib and Omar from entering the country was outrageous “but also entirely predictable.”

“Just days ago Democratic Members of Congress led by Leader Hoyer visited Israel and got the full AIPAC propaganda tour, cheered on Netanyahu, and gave him a pass for racism. Today Netanyahu’s government is discriminating against Hoyer’s colleagues; two bold women of color.

“Israel has been discriminating against US citizens—especially Palestinian Americans—for a long time. Now they are even doing this to our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.

“In truth, Israel’s racist discrimination against Palestinians isn’t new & Palestinians are constantly denied return to and freedom of movement in their homeland. But this episode underscores extent of Congress’ complicity in enabling racism now targeting their own colleagues.”