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CAIR-Minnesota Condemns Trump’s Support for Foreign Government’s Denial of Entry to U.S. Congresswomen to Visit Holy Sites

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/15/19) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today condemned President Trump’s support for the Israeli government’s denial of entry to two U.S. Muslim Congresswomen, preventing one from seeing her grandmother and both from visiting one of the holiest sites in Islam,

The Israeli government claims it will deny entry to Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) due to “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS.” [NOTE: BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in support of Palestinian human rights.]

That announcement came after President Trump said Israel would be showing “great weakness” if it allowed the two members of Congress to enter Israel.

SEE: Israel bars Democrats Tlaib and Omar from visiting after Trump claims ‘they hate Israel’

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/15/israel-bars-democrats-tlaib-and-omar-from-visiting-after-trump-tweets-claims-they-hate-israel.html

In a statement, CAIR-Minnesota said:

“Once again President Trump has targeted Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for their faith by asking the far-right Netanyahu government to bar them from entry to the holy sites in the Holy Land. Trump continues to double down on anti-Muslim and Islamophobic rhetoric, which is a direct violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. Palestinian Christians and Muslims experience denial of travel rights on a daily basis. It is troubling to see an American president call for similar denial of human rights for sitting members of Congress."

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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