American Jews unite to reject Netanyahu’s decision barring US congresswomen

Jewish-American protesters, organized by IfNotNow, rally earlier this year in New York.       (photo: Facebook/IfNotNow)
Anti and pro-Zionist groups condemn Israel’s decision to deny Tlaib and Omar from visiting, but for Palestinians this is nothing new.

By Azad Essa |  Middle East Eye  | Aug 16, 2019

‘What we are witnessing here is a mixture of arrogance and disregard of politics as usual on the part of Trump and Netanyahu, and an Israel that no longer shies away from exposing its racist and discriminatory politics…’
— Jehad Abusalim, PhD candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History at New York University 

When it comes to Israel, there are very few things that unite American Jews.

Under the vast umbrella of opinion over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, its illegal settlements and the blockade on Gaza, the Jewish American community’s approach to Israel sits on a broad spectrum.

But when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were barred from entering the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on a planned visit later this week, these differences suddenly converged.

From the anti-Zionist Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) to the more mainstream liberal Zionist J-Street, to pro-Zionist organisations like Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), organizations all appeared to agree that Israel had crossed a line.

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