Rep. Pressley Statement on Netanyahu's Discriminatory Ban

August 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to block Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) from visiting Israel and West Bank:

“When you attack one of us, you attack all of us. Netanyahu is stoking division and punishing dissent just like the occupant of the White House. Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib are my dear friends, my sisters in service and hardworking Americans who have been subject to some of the most vile and vicious attacks simply for being who they are. They are duly elected members of Congress and we cannot allow them to be marginalized, discriminated against, nor targeted because of their gender, their religious beliefs, nor their ethnicity.  That is not who we are as a country and we should reevaluate our relationships with any country who seeks to ban Americans and threatens the safety of anyone, including government officials.”

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