Banning Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib shows Israel has no vision for peace

Our deputy director, Maya Ilany, explains in the Jewish Chronicle why Benjamin Netanyahu, who prides himself on engaging with controversial leaders, would deny representatives from Israel’s greatest ally

August 22, 2019

The truth is that a visit to the region could have been an opportunity for the congresswomen to meet Israelis and Palestinians whose daily lives are impacted by the conflict and occupation, hear from them about their hopes and fears, and see the situation on the ground as it is.

It could have been an invaluable opportunity to replace the simplistic narrative of “good guys” and “bad guys” with a new and complex story about real people living in the region today.

For these reasons, Yachad are proud to take delegations of British Jews to the region every year, to see the parts of Israel and the West Bank we don’t normally get to see when visiting family or holidaying.

In our experience, these visits are a real eye-opener for people from across the political spectrum and a rare opportunity to talk and listen to wide range of perspectives: Israelis and Palestinians, anti-occupation activists and settlers, diplomats and security experts.

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