Gisha’s statement on denial of entry to Congresspeople

August 15, 2019. Israel’s decision to deny Members of Congress Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry to the country, and by extension to the occupied Palestinian territory, is shameful and unfortunate. Israel is trying to prevent the two from voicing “provocative” criticism of its policies, but the truth of the occupation cannot be hidden, not even behind walls or checkpoints.

The Congresspeople were meant to meet with civil society organizations, including Gisha, to hear about human rights violations in the region. We will continue to promote freedom of movement. We invite you to join us in continuing to expose the reality of the occupation and its consequences, in order to end it.