Israel wants to ban the entry of Democrat MEPs Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israeli television on Thursday. “Who denies us our right to exist in the world, we will not allow their entry,” she told the channel Kan.
Tlaib and Omar are considered supporters of the anti-Israeli movement BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions). US President Donald Trump had previously tweeted an indirect appeal to the Israeli government not to let the two women into the country. It would be a sign of great weakness if Israel allowed the two congresswomen to enter, Trump wrote on Twitter. “They hate Israel and all Jews,” and there is nothing that could dissuade them from their attitude. “You are a shame!”
The two deputies are the first two Muslim women in the US Congress. According to various media reports, they had been expected to arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv until Sunday.
They are said to have planned a visit to the holy place for Jews and Muslims (The Noble Sanctuary) in Jerusalem – accompanied by Palestinian representatives. They were also expected in the cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Official details of their travel plans did not exist so far.
Israel has decided in 2018 to deny entry to activists of certain organizations calling for an Israeli boycott. The international BDS movement is campaigning for sanctions and a boycott of Israel over the Palestinian policy of the Israeli government.
This accuses the movement, she was anti-Semitic and unilaterally against the Jewish state. In February, Omar had apologized for violent anti-Semitism charges for a tweet. She was then understood to mean that money determines the attitude of MPs towards Israel.
Tlaib supports a one-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis. In May, she was sharply criticized after an interview in which she said her ancestors offered a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust. Both Israeli and Palestinian scientists rejected the statement.
Trump had repeatedly publicly attacked Omar and Tlaib over the past few weeks, vilifying them anti-Semitic and calling them – along with two other Democrat MPs – to return to their supposed home countries. Mind you: all four women are American citizens. Tlaib is a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, born in Detroit. Although Omar was born in Somalia, she was naturalized as a teenager in the United States. Trump’s tirades against the Democrats had provoked fierce debate: leading Democrats accused the president of racism, white nationalism, and machinations.
The entry ban for the two Democrats is now a turnaround of Israel: The Israeli Ambassador to America, Ron Dermer, said last month, “Out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not be a US MEP deny entry into Israel. “The” Jerusalem Post “reported Thursday that there was a concern that an entry ban could provoke great upset in Democrats and put Israel in a bad light.
The first loud complaints from the ranks of the Democrats actually did not wait long. Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, wrote on Twitter that Israel does not show itself to be a tolerant democracy or a staunch partner of the United States if the country refuses entry to elected members of Congress because of their political positions. “That would be a shameful and unprecedented step.” So she urged Israel to let the two MPs into the country.
Criticism also came from the Palestinian group Miftah, who claims to have been involved in the organization of the trip. The group complained that the Israeli government’s decision was an attack on Palestinian rights to engage with international decision-makers and actors.