The largest-ever bi-partisan delegation from the US House of Representatives came to visit Israel and presented a unified voice on Israel. But the visit came in the light of some outspoken congresswomen who chose not to join the delegation.
Those notably missing from the delegation were congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez otherwise known as “The Squad.” All have been outspoken against Israel.
Talib recently took to the House floor and compared a boycott on Israel to a boycott on Nazi Germany.
“I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government of and the state of Israel … Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment and genocide of Jewish people,” she said.
Because of recent comments by Tlaib and Omar, it appears the US State Department revised its definition of anti-Semitism that now includes “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Minority Leader Kevin Mccarthy led the 41 Democrat and 31 Republican freshmen representatives. They agreed if “The Squad” came with an open mind, they’d learn more about Israel.
“I think if they do that, they’d have a better understanding and better support for the interests of both the Israelis and the Palestinian people, “Hoyer told journalists at a press conference.
“Anyone who comes with open ears, open eyes and an open mind will walk away and have an understanding just as all these members do that this bond is unbreakable,” added McCarthy.
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