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Progressive ‘Squad’ members, women in Congress was Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib hold press conference following aborted congressional trip to Israel.
An emotional Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Monday, held back tears during a press conference, as they and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar sentenced by Israel to impose recent decision to engage in restrictions on visiting the country, the Democrats call for the Congress, itself.
“We have to play in the United States to play a constructive role to” Omar said at a press conference in St. Paul, Minn. “We give Israel more than $3 billion in aid every year. This is on you an important ally in the region, and the only democracy in the Middle East is based. But, to deny a visit to properly-elected members of Congress is not in line with the be an ally.”
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Omar said that legislators “have a responsibility to carry out the oversight of our government, foreign policy, and what happens to the millions of dollars, we will send help.”
The two Muslim legislators an afternoon press conference held at the Minnesota State Capitol Building with a Palestinian-American and Jewish-American inhabitants of Minnesota, said, they, too, were affected by travel restrictions to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The purpose of the event, Omar said, was the “climax of the human cost of the occupation and travel restrictions for Palestinians and others.”
To prohibit “the decision, me and my colleagues, the first two Muslim-American women in the Congress are chosen, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States, to our ability to press to do our job as representatives of the people,” Omar said.
Tlaib held back tears as she about their experiences visit to Jerusalem as a child.
“As a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through the Dhimmi-checkpoints – even though she was a citizen of the United States and a proud American,” she said.
Refer to the recent conversations with her Palestinian grandmother, to visit the you had planned on the trip, Tlaib choked: “you said I’m manifesting your dream. I’m your free bird-so why should I come back and put in a cage to be plugged in and the bow down?”
Omar jumped up: “What I have to say Rashida, is not all the time that you allow ever, people enjoy their tears. I say that all the time. There are so many people invested in our pain, in our struggle, to see us broken.”
Earlier on Monday, the White house fired back at Democrats amid reports that they are planning retaliation moves in Congress against two of the top American and Israeli diplomats.
“Women in Congress gave Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic statements, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relations,” said White house spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy you, to change the input of the country – and Democrats” pointless congressional requests here in America, the laws which Israel passed, in order to protect themselves.”
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According to a weekend report in the McClatchy, senior Democrats in Congress were not taking into account legislative measures against Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador in Washington, David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in response to the decision, to, Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar, D-Minn., Enter Israel. This could also be the possible vote on a statement of no confidence in Dermer, as well as calls for the opening of an inspector-General investigation, Friedman.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Omar and Tlaib anti-Israel-quoted statements: the government they would not block in Israel as part of a planned trip.
The move – to be announced soon after President Trump tweeted that it will show “great weakness”, for you to allow the in ignited a massive outcry from Washington Democrats, such as Netanyahu’s government was the decision argue that the US legislature had an ulterior motive, anti-Israel agenda.
Omar and Tlaib has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli policy and its support for a boycott of the country.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, New York REP Lee Zeldin, one of two Jewish Republicans in the house, defended Israel’s decision.
“Israel has a law on the books that allows you to prevent anyone from harm to visit your country, trying your country. It would be wrong to criticize Israeli Prime Minister of the United States for his role in this, because they want to, people on the trip to your country that want to harm you,” he said.
Yet, while the blocking of the planned trip, said Israeli government, it would accept a visit to a humanitarian request by Tlaib to her Palestinian grandmother. But, on Friday, Tlaib said, you would not have to travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite the permission of hours ago from Israel’s Minister of the interior.
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Netanyahu has said that Tlaib and Omar Route “showed that they planned a visit, with the sole aim of strengthening the boycott against the us and Israel to deny the legitimacy.” He said that Israel welcomes the critics, with the exception of those who support a boycott of the Jewish state.
Omar and Tlaib had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West organized the Bank on a tour directed by a Palestinian Organisation in highlighting the plight of the Palestinians.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.