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Israel denied Reps. Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar entry to Palestine for a congressional delegation. Here is some of what they would have seen. #WitnessPalestine

On August 15, 2019, Israel announced it would deny Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) entry to Palestine. They intended to join a congressional delegation to examine the impact of U.S. policy on the daily lives of Palestinians and Israelis. Donald Trump encouraged Israel to deny them entry.

The majority of the delegation was to take place in Palestine, but because Palestine remains under Israeli military occupation, the Israeli government controls all points of entry, deciding who gets in and out. Israel has long denied entry to human rights groups, journalists and others who attempt to witness and report on the reality of life under Israeli apartheid - and routinely prevents Palestinians in the diaspora, like Congresswoman Tlaib, from visiting their families.

This website brings to light what Israel wanted to hide from the Congresswomen, the American people, and the world. We take you on a journey from Jerusalem to Gaza, highlighting Palestinian life and culture, and the Israeli policies that impact all aspects of Palestinian life - their ability to live with their families, pursue educational opportunities, build businesses and live free of discrimination and oppression.