“We cannot let Trump and Netanyahu succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. “The occupation is real. Barring members of Congress from seeing it does not make it go away. We must end it together.”
“The decision to ban me and my colleague, the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials,” she continued.
“Netanyahu’s decision to deny us entry might be unprecedented for members of Congress, but it is the policy of his government when it comes to Palestinians,” said Rep. Omar, continuing her rampage against Israel’s Prime Minister.
“This is the policy of his government when it comes to anyone who holds views that threaten the occupation, a policy that has been edged on and supported by Trump’s administration,” she added.
“That’s because the only way to preserve unjust policy is to suppress people’s freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of movement,” she said.
“We give Israel more than $3 billion in aid every year. This is predicated on their being an important ally in the region and the only democracy in the Middle East, but denying visits to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally.”
“And denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar in a straight-up threat to Israel.
Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t wait long to shut Rep. Omar in a series of tweets calling for increased aid to Israel.
“Congresswomen @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN Omar are calling on Congress to reconsider aid to Israel?”
“I have. It’s time to provide MORE assistance to Israel for their missile defense program.” Graham said. “It’s time to provide MORE assistance to Israel for their missile defense program.”
“Because Iran has provided thousand more missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon and openly supports Hamas in Gaza.” Sen. Graham added. “The threats from Iran — to our close friend and ally Israel — are only growing.”
“Iran has already broken enrichment conditions regarding their nuclear program. The Iranians are a bad actor in the region, sowing discord at every turn.”