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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has criticized Israel’s decision to deny her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry into the country, accusing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of conceding to pressure and insulting “democratic values.”

“It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government,” Omar said in her statement on Aug. 15.

“Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories,” she continued, referring to Trump’s temporary travel ban on Muslim majority countries.

Netanyahu said in a statement on Aug. 15 that the country’s Minister of Interior had decided to bar entry to the two congresswomen, who have been outspoken about their disdain toward Israel, stating that their itinerary “reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.”

“As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country,” Netanyahu wrote in the statement.

Omar and Tlaib, the only Muslim members in Congress, have been accused of perpetuating antisemitic narratives—saying the country is “occupying” Palestine—and support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at cutting off money for Israel.

In her statement, Omar said the decision was not a surprise due to Netanyahu’s past comments. She accused him of resisting “peace efforts,” restricting “the freedom of movement of Palestinians,” limiting “public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation,” and aligning “himself with Donald Trump.”

She added that as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she is required to “conduct oversight of foreign aid from the United States of America and to legislate on human rights practices around the world.”

“The irony of the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East making such a decision is that it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation,” she said.

Netanyahu said in his statement that the itinerary they received from Omar and Tlaib showed that their “sole objective” of visiting the majority Jewish nation “is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

“Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy,” the Israeli prime minister said.

“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,” he added.

  • Becky Diane Clark says:

    Well Omar, if you weren’t such a clear enemy of America and Israel, perhaps you would have been allowed entry! But there is an Israeli law that prohibits supporters of BDS to enter Israel! Kudos to Israel and Netanyahu for refusing your entry!

  • just3619 says:

    ” keep out representatives of the United States government” answered your own question. You are not representatives of the U. S.. You are representing your own agenda. I can state this fact because I live in Minnesota and she is not representing mine and many others in this personal attack on Israel. It also appears that “representative” Taliban thinks she is over there on personal vacation because she can’t visit her grandmother. If she is there to visit relatives then she should be repaying taxpayers for her personal time and expenses.

  • Dale Michael Williams says:

    I disagree with Israel on this one dammit. It was the perfect moment to allow this female human waste to enter, then exterminate her for who and what she is, an insect that is venomous/hateful and harmful to any living entity.

  • taterrr says:

    These 2 are IDIOTS.Dont want them in my house much less My Country. Dont blame Israel in the least. Just be more propaganda there throwin like there doin now.

  • Badger says:

    I wouldn’t let a single one of the “Squad” into my home. They are evil people.

  • jerseybadger says:

    nobody in their right mind gives a big shit what she thinks , she is an enemy of our county F her

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