Minnesota Jewish leaders criticize Israel for barring Omar

August 15, 2019 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Jewish leaders are criticizing Israel for barring a visit by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan over their support of a Palestinian-led boycott movement.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, who has been critical of Omar for earlier remarks on Israel, says he’s “horrified” that what he calls two of the world’s great democracies are acting “counter to the very principles of a free and open society.”

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, says a visit would have allowed the congresswomen to “experience Israel in all of its complexity, including its robust ideological, ethnic, and religious diversity.”


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says Omar should be allowed to visit Israel to see the facts for herself directly.