August 14, 2019
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement Thursday after the Government of Israel announced its decision to prevent Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country:
“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to deny Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar entry to Israel is both outrageous and misguided.
“When I first traveled to Israel, I learned about the nation’s critical importance in the region and gained unique insight into the security challenges and existential threats Israel faces. Our relationship with Israel is sacred and must be protected. Every Member of Congress should be able to share that experience firsthand, irrespective of their political views.
“Moreover, it is beneath the office of the presidency for President Trump to encourage foreign leaders to deny Members of Congress – and American citizens – entry into a foreign nation.
“I hope the Government of Israel will reverse its decision and allow Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar to visit and learn from our great ally.”