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Israel bars entry to Democratic congresswomen

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/19, 01:02 pm

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib planned a weekend visit to Israel, but the Israeli government announced Thursday it will block the two Democrats from entering the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely cited the country’s policy of denying access to people who advocate boycotts against Israel. “We will not permit someone who negates our right of existence in the world to enter the country,” she told Israeli state radio.

What prompted Israel’s move? The two Muslim congresswomen have criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and voiced support for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel. Tlaib’s family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank. Shortly before the announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted that Israel would show weakness by letting the congresswomen in. “They hate Israel and all Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” he wrote.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s analysis in The Stew on the growing divide within the Democratic Party over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 04:36 pm

    Trump tweeted that people who hate Israel should not be let into Israel.  What if the Congresswomen don't like America?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 06:17 pm

    LOL!  I would say, let’s apply the same rule!

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 08:12 pm

    Did Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, Joel, and other biblical prophets hate their nation Israel when they criticized it?

    Should true patriotism cover up the sins of their people?

    Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 08:07 pm

    I wonder what their purpose is for visiting Israel.

    They probably just want to get more fuel for the fire they need to keep alive.

    And the fuel would have been FAKE NEWS.  

    Why is what these congresswomen say and do not HATE?!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 12:09 am

    Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, et al were not criticizing Israel, at least from a human standpoint.  They were passing along the warnings the Lord was giving His people. 

    I think it’s unlikely Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are speaking for the Lord. 

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 02:47 pm

    You are wrong about those prophets, Old Mike. The prophets railed against the injustices of the nation, especially pointing their finger against the King and his court prophets.  The injustices included everyday wrongs such as taking advantage of the poor through land seizure for debts and consequent servitude, for not caring for the weak such as orphans and widows, for national alliances with pagan nations for defense, for businessmen cheating their customers, for idolatry, and much more.
    Note that every king of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and most of the kings of the Southern Kingdom (Judah) were described as evil. And kings were considered the representative of the people.

    Old Mike, are you saying that modern Israel is above criticism?  If so, then defend yourself against a charge of idolatry. Israel is not the Kingdom of God, nor is the USA, or any other nation. All today are steeped in sinful hubris.
    Tlaib and Omar are not claiming to speak for the Lord. But neither does Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, for that matter.
    The United State sends billions of dollars every year to Israel. Netanyahu visits the U.S. every year, and has spoken to Congress. Yet two congressional representatives cannot visit Israel? 


  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 04:39 pm

    Mr. Johnson, you kinda missed my point, but that’s ok.