The evidence is clear… both Muslim congresswomen Ihlan Omar and Rashida Tlaib hate and despise Israel. But they wanted to enter “Palestine” and get some good photo ops anyway and support for their false ‘occupation’ theory.
However, Israel has slammed the door in their hate-filled faces. Both women are persona non gratia.
The move has resulting in Nancy Pelosi calling it a “sign of weakness,” and Berne Sanders threatening that maybe the country doesn’t want ‘American money’ if they don’t want American haters.
Breitbart News reported:
“Israel has decided — we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Hotovely told Israeli public radio, according to the Times of Israel.
“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle this is a very justified decision,” she added.
Hotovely’s announcement followed a Channel 12 report stating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was weighing a proposal to block the “Squad” members from entering the Jewish state upon their arrival on Sunday.
In 2017, Israel enacted a law that prohibits a foreigner entry who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.” The Interior and Strategic Affairs ministries have used the rule to deny anti-Israel activists entry to the country.
The decision comes after Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said last month that Omar and Tlaib would be allowed in the country.
“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” said Dermer.
President Donald Trump in recent days reportedly voiced disapproval to White House aides regarding Israel’s decision to allow the Democrat congresswomen in and took to social media Thursday to make his displeasure public.
“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” the president tweeted. “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”
In July, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution rejecting the BDS campaign targeting Israel — a measure Omar and Tlaib voted against.
The resolution, formally known as House Resolution 246, also called for additional security aid to Israel.
Omar previously introduced a measure countering the anti-BDS resolution which affirms Americans’ right to participate in boycotts. Tlaib is a co-sponsor of the bill.
The two lawmakers have sparked various political firestorms due to their repeated antisemitic remarks. Omar garnered fierce blowback for suggesting pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC bribe members of Congress to support the Jewish state. In 2012, Omar accused in a tweet that Israel had “hypnotized the world.” Earlier this year, Tlaib attacked pro-Israel senators, tweeting that they ”forgot what country they represent.”
UPDATE (12:07 P.M. EST): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a statement on the decision, saying, “The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it.”
Afterward, Nancy Pelosi made a statement:
“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi also slammed President Donald Trump for a tweet encouraging Israel to prevent the entrance of the women, who planned to travel through the Jewish State in order to reach their destination on the West Bank and Gaza Strip in East Jerusalem where the Palestinian population lives.
The lawmakers have made antisemitic remarks about Israel, the United States’ relationship with Israel, and have also expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement to levy financial pressure on Israel for alleged mistreatment of the Palestinian people.
Omar introduced a resolution in the House in support of boycotting Israel, and Tlaib is a Palestinian whose family immigrated to the United States from East Jerusalem.
Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reacted to Israel barring Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from visiting Israel by stating that if Israel wants to ban members of Congress, then “maybe they don’t want American money as well.”
Sanders said, “You have two members of the United States Congress who are denied access to a country, Israel, which we spend many billions of dollars a year supporting. And if Mr. Netanyahu and others in Israel don’t want members of the U.S. Congress to visit them, maybe they don’t want American money as well.”