- - Sunday, August 18, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Keeping two anti-Semitic Democratic congresswomen from entering Israel was a mistake (“Rashida Tlaib won’t travel to Israel despite approval to visit family,” Web, Aug. 16). It is a mistake even though they did not request any meetings with government officials or briefings from Israeli experts — in other words, they did not plan a fact-finding mission, but rather a propaganda extravaganza.

In fact, these politicians never suggested a visit to Israel at all, calling their trip a “Delegation to Palestine,” thus undermining the legitimacy of the very country they wished to enter. Nonetheless, they should have been admitted. As Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jew appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court believed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

PAUL BLOUSTEIN

Cincinnati

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