US President Donald Trump claimed that freshman congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib should be banned from entering Palestinian territory, reported Press TV Sunday.
US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told the reporters that at a private meeting with his advisers President Trump stated Omar and Tlaib were supporting the boycott Israel movement and therefore Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should bar them entry.
The White House claimed that President did not make such remarks. Stephanie Grisham, US Press Secretary, said that the Israeli government “can do what they want.”
“It’s fake news,” Grisham added.
Under a law passed in 2017 in Israel, foreign citizens supporting the Zionist regime should be blocked from entering the occupied territory.
Earlier the US House of Representatives reportedly passed a resolution to condemn the Boycott Israel movement, which “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” The two lawmakers, Tlaib and Omar, did not support the resolution.
Don Dermer, Israeli Envoy in Washington, said in July that the two lawmakers, ahead of their visit to Israel, scheduled to take place on August 18, would not be banned.
“Out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” he said.
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