Lowey Criticizes Israel’s Ban on Members of Congress

August 15, 2019
Press Release

White Plains, NY – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, made the following statement on the decision by the Israeli government to ban U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting the country on an upcoming official trip.

“I am saddened by the Israeli government’s decision to bar two sitting Members of Congress from entering Israel, especially following Ambassador Dermer’s public announcement that both women would be allowed to enter just a short time ago.

“Members of Congress frequently disagree on policy solutions, just as members of Israel’s Knesset do. Democracies are marked by the ability to express opposing views. By blocking entry by these representatives, the Israeli government is missing an opportunity for engagement in dialogue with those they disagree with, instead empowering those who seek to create a wedge between our two countries.

“This decision does nothing to further the U.S.-Israel relationship, and I urge the Prime Minister to reconsider.”

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