August 15, 2019 / 4:39 PM / 2 days ago

U.S. Senate Democratic leader urges Israel to reverse ban on lawmakers' visit

FILE PHOTO: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) looks on as he talks to reporters on Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli officials should reverse their decision to block a visit by two U.S. Democratic lawmakers — Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — who have been critical of the country, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Schumer said in a statement on Thursday.

“It will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America,” Schumer wrote. “No democratic society should fear an open debate. Many strong supporters of Israel will be deeply disappointed in this decision, which the Israeli government should reverse.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander

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