Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has praised Trump in the past and even named a new settlement in the Golan after our great president is considering blocking Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel, as they are planning to do with the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories” serving as the focal point of the planned trip.
Both Muslim Democrat representatives are proud supporters of the BDS movement to boycott Israel, and Omar recently (“coincidentally”) introduced a House resolution that would “reaffirm American rights to boycott,” just a week before the House was to vote on an anti-BDS bill.
Tlaib co-sponsored Omar’s bill, and the BDS movement’s Twitter page praised the two for it:
Due to this, along with the two congresswomen's unwavering support for Palestine and history of constant criticism of Israel, Netanyahu is weighing whether or not he should let them in to his country, as Israeli law dictates that entry can be denied to BDS supporters!
Take a look at this important news (and blow to Omar and Tlaib) that hit Twitter:
Many Twitter users are encouraging Prime Minister Netanyahu to block Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel in order to force them to face the reality of their statements against Israel that they've become known for and that many call anti-Semitic.
Take a look at how people are responding for yourself:
NY Daily News has more to say about the ban that Netanyahu is considering:
Rep. Ilhan Omar says she wants to go on a potentially explosive visit to Israel and the West Bank — but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not allow her in.
On the same day that thousands of President Trump supporters chanted “send her back,” Omar said Wednesday she wants to go to both the Jewish state and the occupied Palestinian territories with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in August.
"I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more,” Omar (D-Minn.) told online news website Jewish Insider. “But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation.”
Tlaib, who is the first Palestinian American woman to serve in Congress, has already said that she plans to visit her relatives in the West Bank.
Israel, however, may not allow either woman to visit.
Netanyahu will personally decide whether to permit Omar and Tlaib to visit Israel or the West Bank, which Israel controls all access to, an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday.
An Israeli law bars entry to supporters of economic boycotts of the Jewish state like both Omar and Tlaib. Because of the sensitivity of the issue, Netanyahu would have to grant permission for the two to visit, the liberal Haaretz paper reported.
Forward also had the following to say:
Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are planning a visit to Israel and the West Bank in the coming weeks, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to decide whether they would be let in to the country, over the support they have voiced for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
The Jewish Insider first reported the lawmakers’ planned trip on Wednesday, noting that Omar said that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories will be the focal point of the trip: “Everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation.”
Israeli law allows authorities to deny entry into the country by individuals who support boycotting the country. However, the Foreign Ministry has the authority to recommend to the Strategic Affairs Ministry and the Interior Ministry issuing waivers for political or diplomatic figures, if it deems denying them entry would harm Israel’s foreign relations.
Due to the sensitivity of the congresswomen’s planned visit and its possible ramifications on Israel-U.S. relations, Haaretz has learned Netanyahu would be asked to be the one to make the call on the issue.
Omar and Tlaib broke barriers when they were elected as the first Muslim U.S. congresswomen in November. Omar, who was born in Somalia and immigrated at a young age to Minnesota, and Tlaib, who was born in Michigan to Palestinian parents, have been outspoken about their views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, garnering accusations of anti-Semitism for their statements and support for the BDS movement.
On Tuesday, Omar introduced a House resolution that “opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,” and affirms Americans’ right to pursue boycotts “in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.”
In 2012, Omar tweeted that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to carry out “evil,” a statement that garnered widespread accusations of anti-Semitism after it was brought to light. Earlier this year, she was embroiled in two separate anti-Semitism controversies, after tweeting in February that U.S. support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins,” insinuating that Israelis or Jews buy American influence, and again in March, for expressing and then doubling down on the idea that politicians who support Israel “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
For some background on the resolution that Omar introduced to Congress regarding BDS boycotts, The Hill gave these details:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a House resolution Tuesday that would reaffirm Americans’ rights to boycott “in pursuit of civil and human rights.”
The resolution, co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), comes ahead of a potentially ugly intraparty fight over another resolution to condemn the global boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
The resolution seeks to affirm that “all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution” and “opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad.”
Leaders in the BDS movement praised the resolution Wednesday, declaring it a win for activists.
“It reassures us that progressives, including in Congress, are defending freedom of expression and the right of oppressed communities, including Palestinians, to peacefully fight for their rights,” Hind Awwad, a spokesperson for the Palestinian-led BDS Movement, said in a statement.
What do you think?
Should PM Netanyahu let Omar and Tlaib enter his country, especially after they've made statements like this one?