It is very, very difficult to be an international pariah and be a sitting in America’s Congress but Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are well on their way.
They just introduced an anti-Israel resolution supporting BDS. BDS is movement calling for a boycott of Israel.
Now, the dynamic duo is planning on visiting Israel to see the conditions firsthand but according to Israel law, they can and often do deny entry for people calling for a boycott and supporting this movement.
In other words, they may very well be denied entry in what would be an embarrassing defeat. Now Bibi Netanyahu has the final say and he is very close to Trump so we shall see.
From Haaretz: 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 their plan 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.
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.”