Democrat who rebuked Omar now blasts Israel for banning her visit

N.J. Democrat who rebuked Omar now blasts Israel for banning her visit

Israel bans entry for Omar, Tlaib

On Thursday, Israel had said it would bar the Democratic lawmaker, who was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants, and her fellow USA lawmaker, Ilhan Omar, who is Muslim, from visiting the country.

Israel often hosts delegations of USA representatives and senators, who usually meet with senior Israeli officials as well as Palestinian officials in the occupied West Bank.

Deri, the interior minister, said after the cancellation that her initial request was apparently a "provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel".

Israel reversed course Friday and will allow U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to see her family.

The moves, which were immediately condemned by many Democratic leaders in the United States as well as Palestinians, could help whip up support among Trump and Netanyahu's conservative voter bases as they head into election campaigns.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called Israel's denial of entry to the two congresswomen "a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel".

The House also voted to condemn hate speech in a move directed at Ms Omar for her criticism of USA support for Israel.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri in a Friday tweet accused Tlaib of being overcome by hate.

The official, Hanan Ashrawi, was to have hosted Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, on a West Bank tour.

For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition. Back in 2012, she wrote on Twitter Israel "has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

Netanyahu said the congresswomen's itinerary showed their "sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel's legitimacy".

Neither of their offices responded to requests for comment.

Shortly after the announcement, however, Tlaib tweeted that she wouldn't allow Israel to use her love for her grandmother to force her to "bow down to their oppressive & racist policies".

She was responding to a tweet in which Ocasio-Cortez implied that Israel was sexist or Islamophobic when it banned Reps.

Israel is blocking two United States Democratic lawmakers and prominent critics of Israel, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from visiting.

"Miftah does not sponsor personal or individual or humanitarian visits nor do we intervene on behalf of any such petitions". The government later opened the door to a "humanitarian visit" to allow Tlaib to visit with family, which would have banned her from the original trip schedule outside of family visits.

Tlaib and Omar have been vocal critics of Israel and have supported the boycott movement, formally known as the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, voting against a House resolution condemning the movement, which received broad bipartisan support.

Like Cheney, the Israeli government argued the congresswomen held objectionable positions on Israel.

It charges that Omar and Tlaib "repeatedly" have engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

No official meetings were scheduled for the US lawmakers, but they were planning to travel to the Palestinian cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah and spend time in Jerusalem.

After hosting Dermer on the call, the Conference of Presidents issued a statement acknowledging that Tlaib and Omar had "made clear that their self-proclaimed "trip to Palestine" was meant to promote their anti-Israel agenda and clearly demonstrated a lack of interest in dialogue or true fact finding". Trump's actions marked a glaring departure from the tradition of American politicians leaving domestic disputes at the water's edge.

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