Commentary: Israel bans congresswomen

Israel said Thursday that it will bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesotafrom entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement. They later reversed the decision for Rep. Tlaib but she decided not to travel to Israel.

• Congress has a right to oversee where our funds go. Their party or beliefs should not matter; it is a question of oversight. And that Israel was pressuring the President makes it worse. — Larry Josefowski

• We don’t have “oversight” of a sovereign nation other then our own! Good Job Israel! I am jealous that we can’t ban them here. — Sharon Lee Ponsell

• That would change the U,S, to fascist state. Is that what you really wish to happen to the U.S. political system? — Cheri Zatko-Coseglia

• We do have oversight over the funds we provide to any foreign nation. I wholeheartedly support Israel, but this is wrong. Like them or not, like Trump, they are elected officials of our government and the office should be respected. — Dan Maher

• Congressional oversight doesn’t mean anyone from Congress gets to dictate to a sovereign nation that they must be granted entry. These two are barred, not every Congress person. — Nathan Cook

• When they start respecting our president than maybe others would show them some respect. Their comments and actions have not earned them any respect. — Becky McKnatt Gulledge

• You can and should be empathetic to the plight of Palestinians without being anti-Israel. Palestinians, through no fault of their own, were evicted from their homes and live exiled in walled up ghettos. It’s disturbing. You can and should want to see their lives improve and you can do that without hating anyone else. They were critical of policy not hateful towards people. — Robert Brown

• The conditions the Palestinians live under is because of their elected officials’ incompetence and malfeasance. Hamas spends all the money they get their hands on to attack Israel. The Palestinian Authority officials skim the money for personal wealth. Yaser Arafat’s net worth was estimated at $ 1.3 billion at the time of his death. Mahmoud Abbas has an estimated net worth of $100 million. — Hezzie John Schools

• Good move, it’s sad that they’re the only ones to stand up against her. — Matt Taylor

• I disagree with what she stands for and dislike her rhetoric. However freedom of speech demands she has the right to speak her peace. If we defend those we disagree with then all of us are assured in our rights. — Tony DeFeo

• Funny how speaking out against apartheid and human rights abuses is “anti-Semitic” because of what previous generations of Jews went through. Sorry we can’t keep playing the Holocaust card acting like Israel is this great nation that never does any wrong. — Christopher Joyce

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