Israel Bars Muslim Congress Critters From Visiting

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Israel doesn’t want Omar and Tlaib either.

source: BBC

Israel has decided to block two US Democratic lawmakers from visiting after US President Donald Trump urged the country to ban them.

Mr Trump said “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed entry to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

The move comes as a reversal, after the Israeli ambassador to the US said last month that they would be allowed in.

Israel bans supporters of the movement boycotting Israel, something the pair have backed.

The move was confirmed in a statement from the Israeli Interior Ministry, which said it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”.

Last month Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said the two Democrats would be permitted to visit “out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America”.

President Trump, who has a close relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has frequently feuded with the lawmakers and in remarks widely condemned as racist, told them to “go back” to the countries that their families were from.

I Israel Bars Muslim Congress Critters From Visiting

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