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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in.

The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting appeared to be unprecedented. It marked a deep foray by Israel into America’s bitterly polarized politics and a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement.

The two newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and have repeatedly sparred with Trump over a range of issues. Tlaib’s family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank, where she still has close relatives.

They had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian organization aimed at highlighting the plight of the Palestinians. It was not immediately clear if they had planned to meet with Israeli officials, and spokespeople for the two congresswomen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is “open to critics and criticism,” except for those who advocate boycotts against it.

“Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress,” Netanyahu charged. He said their itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

Omar denounced the decision as “an affront” and “an insult to democratic values.”

“This is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump,” Omar said in a statement.

Shortly before the decision was announced, Trump had tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed them to visit. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” He went on to call the two congresswomen “a disgrace.”

The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, endorsed the decision after it was made, saying Israel “has every right to protect its borders” against promoters of boycotts “in the same manner as it would bar entrants with more conventional weapons.”

Trump’s decision to urge a foreign country to deny entry to elected U.S. officials was a striking departure from the long-held practice of politicians from both parties of leaving their disputes at the water’s edge.

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Congress denounced Israel’s decision.

Top ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York said it was a sign of weakness instead of strength and “will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America.” A close freshman colleague of the two lawmakers, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, said Israel’s move is “bigoted, short sighted and cruel.”

Israel has sought to combat the BDS movement, which advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli businesses, universities and cultural institutions. The country passed a law permitting a ban on entry to any activist who “knowingly issues a call for boycotting Israel.”


In this July 15, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, right, speaks, as U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. listens, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Last month, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer had said Israel would not deny entry to any member of Congress.

The interior ministry said in statement Thursday that “the state of Israel respects the American Congress, in the framework of the close alliance between the two countries, but it’s unacceptable to allow the entrance to the country of those who wish to harm the state of Israel, especially during their visit.”

Israel said it would consider any request from Tlaib to visit relatives on humanitarian grounds.

Supporters of the boycott movement say it is a non-violent way to protest Israeli policies and call for Palestinian rights. Critics say the boycott movement aims to delegitimize Israel and ultimately erase it from the map, replacing it with a binational state.

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Israel often hosts delegations of U.S. representatives and senators, who usually meet with senior Israeli officials as well as Palestinian officials in the occupied West Bank. Israel controls entry and exit points to the West Bank, which it seized along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek these territories for their future state.

MIFTAH, the Palestinian organization that was set to host Tlaib and Omar in the West Bank, issued a statement saying that Israel’s decision was “an affront to the American people and their representatives” and “an assault on the Palestinian people’s right to reach out to decision-makers and other actors from around the world.”

The move could further sharpen divisions among Democrats over Israel ahead of the 2020 elections. Republicans have amplified the views of left-wing Democrats like Tlaib and Omar to present the party as deeply divided and at odds with Israel. Democratic leaders have pushed back, reiterating the party’s strong support for Israel, in part to protect representatives from more conservative districts.


In July, the Democratic-led House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution against the BDS movement.

Tlaib and Omar have also been the target of repeated attacks by President Donald Trump in recent months, including a series of racist tweets on July 14 in which he said they should “go back” to the “broken” countries they came from. Both are U.S. citizens and Tlaib was born in the United States. The two are members of the so-called “Squad” of newly-elected left-wing Democrats, along with Pressley and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, said that he knew of “no such precedent” for Israel barring an elected American official from entering the country, calling the decision “short-sighted.”

“There’s no reason to prevent members of Congress, including critical ones, from coming, seeing and learning, offering them every possible briefing,” Shapiro said. “By refusing them entry, it will only fuel the very things that Israel claims to be unhappy about” when it comes to calls for boycotts.

Arthur Lenk, formerly Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, said barring Omar and Tlaib “would be sinking us deeper into U.S. domestic political quagmire.”

Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, also criticized the move, writing that “Israel has always banned Palestinians from their land and separated us from other Palestinians, but this time the Palestinian is a U.S. Congresswoman.”

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So, according to Omar President Trump is an 'Islamaphobe' now. These idiots have no shame.
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Words have meaning. I doubt these ladies will understand that, however.
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Gotta love the invocation of "politics ends at the waters edge" maxim after all the partisan stunts Democrats have timed to happen when Trump is out of the country. Remember when Trump was denounced as a traitor after he relayed that Putin denyed interfering with the US election? It didn't matter that he was overseas when he said it, Trump had to be attacked as a Russian agent. If they are not blatantly hypocritical the Resistance media is nothing at all.
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Two anti-Israeli politicians being denied entry into Israel. Sounds something like something a smart country would do. No country should allow people who are hostile to it inside their borders. I don't equate their anti-Israel comments to being anti-Semitic. . Equating anti-Israel sentiment to antisemitism would be like saying people who expressed anti-Russian sentiment are anti-white.
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Here's the latest be sure to read what just happened this morning.
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Rashida Tlaib folds, accepts conditions to be allowed into Israel
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Anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has reportedly bent the knee and, in exchange for being allowed into Israel so that she may see her grandmother, essentially agreed to not talk trash about the Jewish state during said visit.

“Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided on Friday to approve the entry of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on a humanitarian visit of her 90-year-old grandmother,” the Israeli government announced in a statement Friday morning.

“Congresswoman Tlaib sent a letter to Minister Deri tonight pledging to accept Israel’s demands, respecting the restrictions imposed on her during the visit, and promising not to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit. In light of this, and in accordance with his commitment yesterday, Minister Deri decided to allow her entry into Israel and expressed hope that her commitment and visit would indeed be for humanitarian purposes only.”

The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a wrench in Tlaib and fellow anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s plans to visit Israel by blocking their visit over their ongoing anti-Israeli activism.

In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter, the PM specifically cited both their support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, as well the fact that their visit is being funded by a group whose members “have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”


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with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country.


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In fact, in the past the US did this to an Israeli member of Knesset, as well as to other public figures from around the world.

Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress.


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Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.


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For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition.

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A week ago, Israel warmly welcomed some 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress, who expressed broad bipartisan support for Israel, which was also demonstrated a month ago in a resounding bipartisan vote against BDS in Congress.

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However, the itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.

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In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.


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Therefore, the minister of interior has decided not to allow their visit, and I, as prime minister, support his decision.

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Nonetheless, if Congresswoman Tlaib submits a humanitarian request to visit her relatives, the minister of interior has announced that he will consider her request on the condition that she pledges not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.


Take special note of the last tweet.

“Israel has decided – we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reportedly added. “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.”

Following the announcement, which attracted the blessing of President Donald Trump but the condemnation of congressional Democrats, Tlaib submitted a letter to Deri requesting “admittance to Israel to in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother.”


It’s unclear what sort of consequences (if any) she might face if she violates the Israeli government’s stipulations. What’s known is that after Netanyahu initially offered to allow her entrance in exchange for her pledging “not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit,” she posted a trash-talking tweet in which she accused Israel of being weak and further suggested that her grandmother isn’t capable of living “in peace & with human dignity” because of the nation’s policies:


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This woman right here is my sity. She deserves to live in peace & with human dignity. I am who I am because of her. The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.


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The tweet garnered widespread backlash because of its disingenuous nature — if her grandmother’s life is so miserable, why was she smiling? — and attacks on Israel.

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Netanyahu himself said you are welcome to apply for a humanitarian visa to visit your family, you lying hack https://twitter.com/rashidatlaib/sta...73791595470849

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This woman right here is my sity. She deserves to live in peace & with human dignity. I am who I am because of her. The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.


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Gosh, she looks miserable.



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Stop gaslighting everyone, Congresswoman.

Israel has offered to let you visit your relatives.

That's incredibly generous, given that you are pushing a global boycott of their country - the only Jewish state on the planet.https://humanevents.com/2019/08/15/i...rightfully-so/


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According to The Jewish Press, Tlaib’s now-approved visit is tentatively scheduled to occur “between Sunday and Friday of next week.” Meanwhile, as of Friday morning, Omar remains blocked from entrance, as she has no family within Israel.

Update: 9:40 am, 8/16/19

Despite being granted the opportunity to visit her grandmother, Tlaib ultimately chose to reject the offer:


Rashida Tlaib

@RashidaTlaib
Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice. https://twitter.com/RashidaTlaib/sta...41203406401536

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When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies. https://twitter.com/RashidaTlaib/sta...33169846247425

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This has in turn only intensified accusations that her visit to Israel was never about her family but rather about plotting against the country:


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I’d say or do anything to visit my Bubbe if I hadn’t seen her in so long. But this isn’t about that, is it? You just want to be able to sh*t with impunity on #Israel , using #Sity as the tool. Shame on you. What a ruse you tried to perpetrate on the American people.

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Let's be clear: It was a political stunt. ����

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Well dahling seeing your elderly gma isnt as important as politics. When granted a visit with her, now you don't want to go see her. Shame on you using your gma like that! I loved mine and I would never have used her. This was all to start trouble
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I don't equate their anti-Israel comments to being anti-Semitic. . Equating anti-Israel sentiment to antisemitism would be like saying people who expressed anti-Russian sentiment are anti-white.
I agree with the premise.....

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Benjamin Netanyhu agreed to allow Congresswomen Tlaib to enter Israel on a humanitarian visit to see her grandmother after Tlaib stated that she may never get to see her 90 year old grandmother again. However, Tlaib declined the offer stating that she could not agree to the conditions.

This was never about visiting Israel by these women, it was an opportunity to go over there and stir up trouble and get their faces plastered all over television and newspapers. These women are a joke and should be treated as such.
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Benjamin Netanyhu agreed to allow Congresswomen Tlaib to enter Israel on a humanitarian visit to see her grandmother after Tlaib stated that she may never get to see her 90 year old grandmother again. However, Tlaib declined the offer stating that she could not agree to the conditions.

This was never about visiting Israel by these women, it was an opportunity to go over there and stir up trouble and get their faces plastered all over television and newspapers. These women are a joke and should be treated as such.
Hey, they have opinions just like you do....

And they are free to voice those in this country, it's a shame Israel is trying to take those rights away during any US Congress visit considering the Billions they receive from us in foreign aid...…

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Benjamin Netanyhu agreed to allow Congresswomen Tlaib to enter Israel on a humanitarian visit to see her grandmother after Tlaib stated that she may never get to see her 90 year old grandmother again. However, Tlaib declined the offer stating that she could not agree to the conditions.

This was never about visiting Israel by these women, it was an opportunity to go over there and stir up trouble and get their faces plastered all over television and newspapers. These women are a joke and should be treated as such.
How lovely of her to use her Grandmother as part of her silly planned stunt.

That's all it was.
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