Palestinians slam ‘outrageous’ Israeli decision to ban US congresswomen


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Palestinians slam ‘outrageous’ Israeli decision to ban US congresswomen
Top PLO official warns move sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ while PA prime minister says barring entry to Omar and Tlaib indicates Israel afraid to expose its ‘tyranny’ to America
By TOI staff and Agencies
15 August 2019

Israel’s decision to bar entry to two US congresswomen who support a boycott of the country is “an outrageous act of hostility,” a senior Palestinian official said Thursday. “This is a dangerous precedent that defies all diplomatic norms and an assault on the Palestinian people’s right to engage with the rest of the world,” PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the decision to bar entry to Omar and Tlaib “implies fear of exposing the tyranny of the Israeli occupation to the US public.

“Racism and democracy are incompatible,” he tweeted. MIFTAH, a 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 two newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and have repeatedly sparred with US President Donald 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. In a statement explaining the decision to ban them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed they had not intended to engage with any Israelis.

Earlier on Thursday, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that Israel had decided to deny entry to Omar and Tlaib over their support for boycotting the Jewish state. Deri’s move was quickly endorsed by Netanyahu, who alleged that Omar and Tlaib’s itinerary showed they intended to seek to strengthen the boycott against Israel. “As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and act to boycott Israel, as is the case with other democracies that prevent the entry of people whom they see as harming the country,” he said.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the US government supported and respected Israel’s decision to bar the two BDS-backing lawmakers. 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,” he said in a statement after the decision was announced. Friedman said the movement calling for boycotts against Israel “is no less than economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish State.”

The decision was announced shortly after Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed Omar and Tlaib 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.” Trump’s decision to urge a foreign country to deny entry to elected US officials was a striking departure from the long-held practice of politicians from both parties to confine their disputes to the water’s edge.


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Finally some sanity. Why would anyone want someone who hates them and advocates for their destruction, give them a chance to breed even more hatred by visiting. President Trump is right. These two cannot be reformed by a visit.

If they were allowed to have their way, they would misrepresent and lie about everything that they observed. That is because they would only see Israel through their distorted lens of Islamic hatred.

I say that we should be done with the warped and unproductive professional lies of one world leaning diplomats. Speak the truth and let the fires rage.



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Let me get this straight. Radical Palestinians are upset that radical Muslims serving in the United States Congress who are openly antisemitic and called for a boycott of Israel are now not allowed to come to Israel.
When Ilhan Omar was a guest speaker at the CAIR conference of 2019, CAIR is an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, and have been banned by the United Arab Emirates as such, where she as a member of Congress at the time mind you, told American "marginalized Muslim citizens" as she called them, to raise Hell in America.
A woman who said of 9-11, some things happened that day. No, Ms. I married my brother and committed fraud to enter the U.S. , Muslim terrorists from Saudi Arabia happened that day! They happened to hijack airplanes who's airline name was part of the symbolic act, American United, and flew them into buildings on the same date that coincides with America's emergency phone number, 911.

All this and not only are these women upset they're banned by Israel from Israel, but their party has found a way to blame Trump for that. No dears, it is your mouths that got you banned.
And the Pali's are upset. Shucks. Why, that'll keep me up at night.
After all, why wouldn't you all want Antisemitic's to come to Israel. Imagine the press. And by the way, just as a, really? Why would antisemitic females who openly hate Israel and Jews, and Christians too by the way, want to go to Israel? They call for a boycott and then are upset they're not allowed to travel to the place they should boycott if they walk their talk?
Those are some really rational women. Maybe if Omar unwrapped her head just a tad she could think more clearly and not demonstrate most times she opens her mouth that as a member of the House she's still an enemy of America. :kay



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Maybe her grandmother is relieved - just sayin ————-
Trump tweeted about that same thing.
It's political theater on Talib's part. The timing is just too close to her being denied entry into Israel. Then she asks for a compassionate exception, which means she had to detail why she needed to see her grandmother in the application, and now that it is granted she makes a public statement she refuses to go.
It's like, Israel denied me entry, but now that they'll let me in, I'm not going.
Israel I'm sure made note of this too.
Your grandmother lives on the west bank , you insult Israel and Jews with your antisemitic rhetoric, and ask for a boycott of Israel. Now Israel bans you for that and suddenly you want to see your grandmother who lives on the west bank?
She's transparent.
Prayerfully , the voters will see through this too and she, Omar, and Abomination Of Congress will be out of a job next election. :pray