Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
It looks as though Israeli officials have moved forward with a plan to refuse entry for United States congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
The move comes after Omar and Tlaib threw their support behind the BDS movement – Boycott, Divest and Sanctions. The movement is aimed at supporting Palestinian independence. Many see it as blatant anti-semitism.
Apparently the Israeli’s see it as anti-semitism as well. The two congresswomen are scheduled to visit Israel as part of a delegation this coming weekend. Throughout the week there have been various reports that Israel was considering a ban on Omar and Tlaib given their BDS support.
An Israeli government official decided Thursday that U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., should be barred from entering the country for a planned visit this weekend, according to Israeli media.
The two freshman congresswomen support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), a pro-Palestinian advocacy effort, but Israeli law says those supporting boycotts of the country may be denied entry. The decision to enforce the law against Tlaib and Omar was reportedly made by Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri, but a formal decision and announcement have yet to be made as other parties reportedly weigh in.
On Thursday, Israeli news anchor and analyst Dana Weiss reported that Israeli officials had decided in favor of the ban for Tlaib and Omar.
It’s official: Israel will bar Congresswomen @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN from entering Israel due to "suspected provocations and promotion of BDS” at this time the final decision is been drafted and passed for comments before a press release. https://t.co/YikKaKe97g
— Dana Weiss (@danawt) August 15, 2019
The move comes after rumors that President Trump had expressed some displeasure that Israel would allow the freshman congresswomen to visit. Israel recently put Trump’s name on a town within their borders. In honor of Trump’s historic commitment to Israel, a small town within the Golan Heights region was named Trump Heights. The move came after Trump defied international criticism to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Congresswoman Tlaib claims to have family in the West Bank region and could possibly file a humanitarian request for visitation there.
BREAKING: Israeli official tells me that if Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib will file a humanitarian request to visit her family on the West Bank the Israeli government will consider it favourably
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 15, 2019