Tell the Democrats: Refuse to Travel to Israel Until the Government Allows Rashida and Ilhan In
On Thursday August 15th the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu capitulated to Trump’s request and barred Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country for a tour of the region and to witness the occupation. This comes just after AIPAC brought 41 members of congress on a delegation where they were met by Prime Minister Netanyahu himself.
Barring Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar because of their political views is a cynical move straight out of the authoritarian playbook. It continues to expose the lie that Israel is a vibrant democracy and is particularly cruel towards Congresswoman Tlaib, who will not be able to visit her own family in the West Bank.
Unfortunately, this is the logical result of Democrats’ failure to resist the right’s relentless assault against critics of Israeli policy. Trump and the right-wing media machine have repeatedly weaponized antisemitism to attack Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib for their outspoken criticism of Israeli policy, and Democrats have failed to meaningfully respond and defend their fellow party members, often times actually taking the bait and siding with Trump.
Trump and Bibi have made the sides clear: advocates for human rights and equality on one, and those cooperating with a strategy to roll back the foundations of democracy on the other. Now Democrats have an opportunity to show which side they’re on by taking action today.
Tell Democrats in Congress to commit to not traveling to Israel until Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are allowed to enter by signing on to our petition right now.
Progressive champions like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Marc Pocan have already committed to not visiting Israel until all members of congress can visit — we need the rest of the Democrats in Congress to do the same.
Israeli leaders know exactly what Representatives Omar and Tlaib would see if they were allowed into the country: an undemocratic and violent system of occupation and control that denies millions of Palestinians human rights.
Rather than even allow them to witness this daily reality, Trump and Netanyahu are doubling down on their attacks against these progressive leaders, attempting to paint them as anti-semitic as punishment for legitimate political expression. We will not be distracted by these smears and continue resisting those who actually pose a threat to our community: supporters of white nationalism, anti-semitism, and the occupation.
Democrats must make clear which side they are on. They must send a message to the right, in the US and in Israel, that there will be political costs for their attempts to undermine those who offer legitimate critique of Israeli policy and the Occupation.
Sign on now and urge Democrats in Congress to take meaningful action to push back against the right, in the US and in Israel, by refusing to travel to Israel until all members of congress are allowed entry.