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Israel Gives Ilan Omar & Rashida Tlaib the Boot: Should It?

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Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (L) and Rashida Tlaib (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (L) and Rashida Tlaib (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

There are probably a fair number of people who fantasize about doing to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib what Israel just did: Giving them the boot.

Whether due to a push from President Trump (the most pro-Israel president America has ever had), guts to do the right thing or simply following Israeli law (which prohibits entrance to the country for those supporting boycotts or otherwise seeking to harm the country), Israel decided to reject Omar and Tlaib entry request for their “U.S. Congressional Delegation to Palestine” (their words).

In the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel.

“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.

“In fact, in the past the US did this to an Israeli member of Knesset, as well as to other public figures from around the world.

“Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress. 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.

“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 …”

Anyone still wondering about their intentions need only look at the website of the organization sponsoring their trip, Miftah, the “Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy.”

For Miftah, “Democracy” and “Global Dialogue” mean support for terrorists who have committed some of the most heinous crimes against Israelis, vicious anti-Semitism and even 19th century blood libels.

In its website, Miftah has celebrated terrorists including:

  • Dala Al Mughrabi, a woman who took part in what is known as the Coastal Road Massacre, a terrorist attack against an Israeli bus in which she helped kill 38 civilians (including 13 children)
  • Wafa Idrees, the first Palestinian female suicide bomber, killing an 81-year old man and injuring 100 in the heart of downtown Jerusalem
  • Hanadi Jaradat, another female suicide bomber who blew herself up in a restaurant in Haifa killing 21 (including four children).

For anyone still wondering about Omar and Tlaib’s enablers, they need only look to The New York Times and The Washington Post who whitewash the group as dedicated to imparting “global awareness and knowledge of Palestinian realities.”

Free speech in America – including the freedom to hate, call for boycotts or even violence unless it will be immediate – doesn’t necessarily work when transplanted to a small country like Israel, fighting daily against murderous enemies literally in its midst.

Palestinian enemies of Israel – including the Palestinian Authority itself, the governing body of Palestinians in autonomous areas – have raised an entire generation on hate and the glorification of murder.

And when children are taught this from nursery school, it doesn’t take much to ignite a ready tinderbox.

Witness the terror attack committed by two teenagers, who stabbed an Israeli policeman just days ago. The big doors from which the teenagers exit is the Temple mount, the site of Al Aqsa mosque, a constant source of incitement of Muslims:

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Footage of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem this morning

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This is the primary reason Israeli law denies entrance for those for high-profile agitators for the Boycott, Divest and Sanction Movement (BDS) against Israel. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib fit into that category.

Not only has the BDS movement been deemed anti-Semitic at its core, according to the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the U.S. State Department and 31 other countries, the end-goal of the BDS movement is the total destruction of Israel.

Israel subsequently did agree to allow Rashida Tlaib into the country for a humanitarian visit to see her grandmother, after Tlaib submitted the following letter:

Yet is it telling that Tlaib rejected this offer, tweeting:

As many have noted, paraphrasing a famous quote by past Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who said,

“Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us. We can forgive [them] for killing our children. We cannot forgive them from forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with [them] when they love their children more than they hate us.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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