‘To signal to our most threatened ally in the region that the United States Congress sanctions an official trip to visit Israel’s nemesis would be an exceedingly dangerous path forward…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A House Republican is trying to block the efforts of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., to send a congressional delegation to Palestinian territories, saying it would harm U.S.–Israeli relations.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian–American woman elected to Congress, said she wants to send members of Congress to the West Bank to “humanize” the Palestinians.
Congress traditionally makes an excursion to Israel each year, but Tlaib wants to end that.
“I look forward to working with leadership and other colleagues to ensure this necessary trip moves forward,” she said, according to the Detroit News.
Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, said he’s concerned that Tlaib’s trip, which would be funded by taxpayer dollars, would endanger the strong alliance between Israel and the U.S.
He sent a letter to committee chairs asking them to deny authorization to Tlaib’s plan.
“Allowed to proceed, this action could undo years of goodwill built by the foreign policy and Israeli–American communities,” Babin wrote.
“To signal to our most threatened ally in the region that the United States Congress sanctions an official trip to visit Israel’s nemesis would be an exceedingly dangerous path forward.”
Babin cited Tlaib’s past anti-Semitic comments and her “outspoken” support of the movement to boycott, divest, and impose sanctions on Israel for alleged war-crimes.
He also denounced her profane vow to impeach President Donald Trump earlier this month.
“Both are ill-conceived and inconsistent with our national values,” Babin wrote.
“Please consider the damage that a yet unexperienced and overly caustic Member of Congress may cause to Israeli relations, or the perceptions of our own Jewish–American citizens,” Babin continued.
Tlaib railed against Babin’s letter and said it came as no surprise from a Republican.
“It’s disappointing that during a historic government shutdown, my colleague from Texas, Congressman Babin, would send a letter full of falsehoods and fear-mongering rhetoric to attempt to block my plans to take a delegation to Palestine,” Tlaib said in a statement.
“Rep. Babin has a history of supporting discriminatory policies, including President Trump’s Muslim ban—a degrading executive order.”