Friday, August 16, 2019

Israel Bans Reps. Omar and Tlaib From Entry Over Support for Boycotts

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.


  1. Kalonymus AnonymusAugust 16, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    For once, the US President is pressuring Israel to do what is right!

  2. Hard to know which is better.
    Let them in, shower them with welcome, make them meet with Arabs who are prospering in Israel. Sounds good but these two probably plan to take a custom limo from NatBag to Ramallah, tour the "camps" and add some graffiti to the barrier. Letting them in could be a PR triumph or disaster but keeping them out doesn't end in anything positive.

  3. Kalonymus AnonymusAugust 16, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    must be careful not to offend the Americans (ruling President).
    Menachem Begin always had to take into consideration the President, not the opposition.

  4. This is funny. These lowlife women want to boycott companies in Eretz Yisrael. So fine. Let them in.

    Just tell them they can't buy anything. And then charge them for air and water.


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