Kevin McCarthy, the current House Minority Leader once made Anti Semitic tweets during the 2018 election cycle.
The Israelis Government let him in Israel last week with other members of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation.
The KKK Endorsed Candidate, despite (like Stalin) having Jewish grandchildren, has made numerous Anti-Semitic gestures throughout his political career.
He just helped convince the Israelis government, the only democracy in the Middle East, the state that allowed former enemies Anwar Sadat, Yasser Arafat, and King Hussein to visit their country, to block two freshman Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel.
This occurred despite recent assurances from the Israelis Ambassador to the United States (and former Republican operative) Ron Dermer last month that the two Congresswomen can enter. Dermer has denied (wink wink) that the Liar in Chief did not have anything to do with the Israelis decision (yeah right.)
Why were these women denied the opportunity to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories when actual Anti Semites and enemies of Israel have been allowed entry?
The official explanation is because both Congresswomen support boycotting Israelis products because of the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
There are some realizations Americans must make:
- To be for Palestinian rights, dignity, and their own country does not make one Anti Israel. Just ask all the Israelis (Jews, Christians, and Moslems in Israel that feel that Palestinians deserve a nation as long as Israelis security is protected).
- To be against the policies of Neo Fascist-Authoritarian Benjamin Netanyahu does not make a person Anti Semitic or Anti Israel (Again, with that logic all the Jews in Israel and around the world that oppose Netanyahu’s non-Democratic policies would be branded Anti Semitic or Anti Israel.)
- Both the United States and Israel, despite the recent fascist-authoritarian-anti accountability tilts among their current leaders, are both still democracies. The freedom to disagree and offer alternative (based on reality) views and differing (based on the common good and decency) ideas is part of the democratic process.
- Despite the hateful and false tweet from the Liar in Chief/KKK endorsed candidate, Representatives Omar and Tlaib do not hate Jews and neither have said Israel should not exist. As Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC said on his August 15, 2019, show, both Representatives have ties with members of the Jewish community. They both have received substantial support from Jewish voters.
Denying these two Representatives entry into Israel because they have been critical of Israelis policies is Un Democratic and Counterproductive.
Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers (including the aforementioned McCarthy) have questioned the Popular Vote Loser tweet and the Israelis government decision, saying that the Representatives should be allowed in.
So has most pundits, liberal and conservative, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
So have the pro-Israelis groups AIPAC and J Street whose spokespeople have conveyed disapproval with the Israelis decision.
The Israelis government did later invite Representative Tlaib to visit her family in the West Bank (including her 90-year-old grandmother).
The Representative, after initially accepting the invitation, has decided not to go, citing, in a tweet of course that:
“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice…”
The Representative may have realized that the story may have gone away quicker if she accepted the invitation. Then again, the response from the Israelis Interior Department to Tlaibs refusal, saying she put “her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother” was not especially diffusing.
This political posturing, that caters to one’s fringe base, has to end.
The Israelis decision and the KKK endorsed candidate involvement in this process is not what our countries are supposed to be about.
The Israelis government should rethink its position and, in the spirit of democracy and the exchange of ideas, allow the two Representatives to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Let them in with no strings attached.
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