Israel bars entry to US congresswomen

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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.

“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.

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.


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