Israel's decision to ban Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from officially visiting occupied Palestine (and insisting on oppressive conditions for Rep. Tlaib to make a private family visit) is the outcome of the ideological synergy between the Trump administration and the Israeli government.
Last month marked 52 years since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Decades of flagrant violations UN resolutions and Israeli obligations under international law have resulted in the systematic denial of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Not only do we have the right, but the responsibility, to make use of all international forums available, including under Item 7 of the Human Rights Council, in order to exercise our basic human rights.
Palestinians and anti-settlement activists see it as another attempt by Israel to cement its control over East Jerusalem. Saeb Erekat said he believed the tunnel was a project being used by Israeli right-wingers to further Israel’s claim on East Jerusalem and advance settlement growth there. “It has nothing to do with religion, it is fake,” he told journalists at his office in Ramallah in the West Bank.