Both Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been reportedly banned from entering Israel due to their support of the BDS movement:
It’s official: Israel will bar Congresswomen @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN from entering Israel due to "suspected provocations and promotion of BDS” at this time the final decision is been drafted and passed for comments before a press release. https://t.co/YikKaKe97g
— Dana Weiss (@danawt) August 15, 2019
Dana Weiss works for Channel 12 in Israel which is the main outlet reporting this. And I believe she’s the one actually reporting this firsthand.
NY POST – Israel has apparently decided to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib from entering the country on Friday after fierce debates on the contentious matter involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and various ministers, according to a report Thursday.
The reason cited for their ban is reportedly “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS,” a reference to the anti-Israel boycott movement, according to the Times of Israel, which cited a report by local Channel 12.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri made the decision to bar the US lawmakers from entering the country on Friday, according to the report.
The freshman lawmakers — the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and two of Israel’s sharpest critics — have voiced support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against the Jewish state.
According to Channel 12, which did not cite a source, the final decision was being drafted and subject to revisions before the move is publicly announced.
Omar (D-Minn.) and Tlaib (D-Mich.) planned to tour the flashpoint site of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank, according to Channel 13.
Their trip was planned by Miftah, a nonprofit organization led by Palestinian lawmaker and veteran peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi, according to the Washington Post.
The NY Post goes on to report that Israeli law says that backers of the BDS movement can be denied entry into the country.
Honestly, I’m surprised Israel is actually going this far to ban the Congresswomen from entry. I just assumed that because they were congresswomen they would be allowed entry.
I believe we’re waiting on official word from Israel, but all the reports indicate it’s going to happen.
UPDATE: Israel has just confirmed that Omar and Tlaib will not be allowed entry into Israel:
#BREAKING Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely
announces that Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib will be barred from entering the country
— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) August 15, 2019