Friday, October 28th | 26 Tishri 5777


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

February 19, 2013 12:51 pm

800 Cultural Exchange Trips in Congress Between 2006-2011, Only 5 to Israel

avatar by Zach Pontz

Email a copy of "800 Cultural Exchange Trips in Congress Between 2006-2011, Only 5 to Israel" to a friend

American and Israeli flags. Photo:wiki commons.

In the years 2006 -2011 U.S. lawmakers and their senior staff took more than 800 cultural exchange trips courtesy of foreign governments. Of those 800 trips, only five were to Israel according to a information compiled by the Washington Post.

As the Post writes, “The trips benefit from a broad exemption from ethics rules and most Capitol Hill employees never need to disclose their participation.”

On the flip-side, 163 trips were taken to various other Middle East countries, and a total of 206 trips were taken in all to countries in which the majority population is Muslim.

Related coverage

September 20, 2016 10:07 am

IAF Intercepts Hamas Drone Off Gaza Coast

A Hamas drone that took off from the Gaza Strip Tuesday was intercepted by an Israeli Air Force aircraft just off...

The five individuals who made trips to Israel are Kent Alfred Dean Clark (2011), Rep. Steve Israel (2010), Andrew Stephen DeMott (2009), Kristine J. Michalson (2009), and Elisabeth Wright Hawkings (2008).

The full chart published by the Washington Post is posted below:


Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner