'Pure Racism': Local Religious Leaders Speak Out After Israel Bars 2 U.S. Congresswomen

Andy Dahn
August 16, 2019 - 2:26 pm
A local rabbi is calling on Americans to stand in support of two Democratic congresswomen involved in a public feud with Israel.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A local rabbi is calling on Americans to stand in support of two Democratic congresswomen involved in a public feud with Israel.

"What I would like to see is more holy people coming forth and speaking about the truth that needs to be spoken," said Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef.

Rabbi Yosef called Israel's decision to ban U.S. Representatives Rashida Talib and Ilhan Omar "pure racism."

"This is a slap in the face to all minorities in this country," Ben Yosef told reporters Friday morning. "Latinos, African-Americans, those who are of other races, ethnicities and even those of a different faith."

The congresswomen were barred from visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank earlier in the week over their support for the international boycott movement.

"If this is the holy land, then everything that they do should represent holiness and divinity," said Rael, a local priest. "When we see issues where women can't go in and speak their natural mind, against the natural injustices that are happening in their land, then we have an issue"

Rabbi Yosef said he plans to file a grievance against Israel with the United Nations.