Omar: Withhold Israel Aid Unless They Give Full Rights to Palestinians
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) said Monday Israel has not behaved as an ally of the United States, or even a democracy, and shouldn’t be receiving aid.
Omar has come under fire for anti-Semitic comments and support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which prompted Israeli officials to deny her entry to the country in accordance to a law passed in 2017. She and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), who also supports BDS, held a press conference to hit back at Israel.
“We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year,” Omar said. “This is predicated on their being an important ally in the region and the only democracy in the Middle East. But denying visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy.”