Ziggy Marley has made it clear that he will always support Israel no matter what anybody says or does. This is despite the fact that Ethiopians in Israel has been subjected to worse discrimination than Blacks face in America.
Today the world saw an even darker side of Israel when at the request of the world’s biggest bigot, Donald Trump, American congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich were banned from entering Israel.
Ziggy Marley recently said that he intends to use his huge platform to make positive changes in the world. It will be interesting to see what he has to say about today’s events.
Omar and Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, are outspoken critics of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. They were scheduled to arrive in the region on Sunday on a trip that was planned by Miftah, a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi.
Last month, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said the congresswomen would be allowed to visit Israel “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.”
But last week, Axios reported that Trump had told advisers that Netanyahu should block the women from visiting. (White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied the report. “The Israeli government can do what they want,” she said. “It’s fake news.“
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”
“They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” the president added. “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”
18 Karat Reggae has checked the social media platforms belonging to Ziggy Marley but despite his pledge to do his part in making the world a better place, he had nothing to say about Trump’s racist tweets.
Tlaib, who was scheduled to visit her grandmother in a West Bank village on the trip, said Netanyahu’s decision to bar his critics was “a sign of weakness” because “the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.”
Omar and Tlaib are part of the so-called “Squad” of four progressive freshman U.S. congresswomen who have drawn the ire of Trump.
Trump stirred outrage with tweets that suggested Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., should “go back” to their “broken and crime infested” countries. All of the lawmakers are U.S. citizens, and three of the four were born in the United States.
Pressley tweeted her dismay with the ban shortly after it was announced.
“I’m calling this like I see it: bigoted, short sighted and cruel,” she wrote. “Any leader committed to advancing democracy would welcome with open arms two democratically elected United States Congresswomen. And every single member of Congress should be calling this out.”
Danny Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, defended Israel’s decision.
“Israel, like every sovereign country, has the right to decide who can enter and who cannot enter, who must stay and who must leave,” Ayalon tweeted. “The U.S. administration recommended accordingly, and the Israeli government rightfully decided to accept that recommendation.” Ayalon also called the congresswomen “racist” and “anti-Semitic” provocateurs.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which supports Trump, released a statement disagreeing with Netanyahu’s decision.
“We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution,” the statement read. “We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.”