August 15, 2019
His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Israel's right to exist with security is widely accepted in the United States. I just visited Krakow, Poland two weeks ago and toured Auschwitz again. The horror of that protracted nightmare must never be forgotten.
Part of the strength of our shared democratic values is the capacity to accept the tailwinds of agreement and the headwinds of disagreement. We must always defend and protect these values. To bar members of the United States Congress from entering Israel sends a chill through the entire U.S. Congress and obligates the entire body to defend the integrity of the institution and its members.
Barring Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel is a tactical error while undercutting civil democratic dialogue. I therefore appeal to you to reconsider this decision.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
James Gomez, Jr.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.