Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely claimed Thursday that Israel will not let US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib into the country, Reuters reported.
“The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter,” he stated.
Omar and Tlaib, who planned to visit Israeli the upcoming Sunday, were banned from entering the country for their support of the boycott movement. BDS (pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement) is not welcomed in Israel as its pressures its economy and demands authorities withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territory.
US President Donald Trump previously said that Israel should ban Democratic congresswomen from entering the country. Thursday President Trump tweeted that Israel would show its “weakness” if Omar and Tlaib are allowed to visit.
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
“Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and the HATE Israel!” Trump added.
Representative Omar said that the decision barred her and Tlaib from entering the country under pressure from President Trump.
“It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the US government,” she stated.
It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/v00ESmehXT
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) August 15, 2019
Don Dermer, Israeli Envoy in Washington, stated Thursday that the decision was not made under pressure of President Trump.
“We were not pressured by the Trump administration to do this and this is a sovereign decision that Israel has to make,” Dermer said.
Many lawmakers, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and celebrities condemned the decision.
Dear Israel, you have a story to tell that is important and often glorious. But you don’t tell your story by keeping people out. You tell it by opening your arms, sharing the complexity and challenges and inviting exchange and ideas.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) August 15, 2019
So upsetting. Fucking gross. All my Jewish friends texting me in despair. Hoping our friends see that, just like in the US, the administration does not represent the hearts and minds of the majority of the people https://t.co/VxBuwehx3p
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 16, 2019
The President of the United States is joining with a foreign government to punish duly elected representatives of the people to quash their dissent and prevent them from doing their job. This is shameful on his part and on the part of the Israeli government. https://t.co/nBb3vAdGAx
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 15, 2019
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