Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed in a statement this morning that two U.S. congressional representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, will be denied entry to Israel. Both Omar and Tlaib are Muslims who have been critical of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
Netanyahu bowed to pressure from Donald Trump to refuse to permit them visit Israel in what was a planned trip.
Donald Trump, who, sadly, is the President of the United States, should never have tweeted what he tweeted this morning. He should not be abusing the Office of the President by pressuring foreign leaders to take actions against Trump’s political enemies, especially when they are duly elected representatives of the United States Congress.
Let’s get one thing straight, shall we. Opposing the policies of the Israeli government or its leader does not make one antisemitic. Opposing the policies of the any government or its leader does not mean that you hate the people who live in that country or Americans whose descendants came from that county.
I don’t like all of the policies of the Israeli government, but I don’t hate Jews.
I don’t like the policies of the Saudi Arabian government, but I don’t hate Arabs.
I don’t like Putin’s Russia and its role in interfering with our elections, but I don’t hate Russians.
I don’t like the Chinese government’s authoritarian policies and abuse of human rights, but I don’t hate Chinese people.
I don’t like that Trump-like buffoon, Boris Johnson, who is the new British PM, but I don’t hate everyone with a British accent.
I hate Donald Trump and I hate the policies he’s pushing. But I certainly don’t hate Americans. Only those who support Trump.