Tlaib and Omar could be blocked from Israel based on 'suspected provocations and promotion of BDS'

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Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib could be blocked from visiting Israel due to “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS" - which is an anti-Israel boycott movement, as reported by the NY Post. This decision appears to come from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, and possible Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several others. NY Post states the decision was reported by "the Times of Israel, which cited a report by local Channel 12."

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have made numerous criticisms about Israel and "support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against the Jewish state."


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The report on NY Post further stated that Netanyahu met with others and “The possibility exists that Israel will not allow the visit as currently planned,” a diplomatic official said earlier Thursday, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. “The professional and legal teams in the Prime Minister’s Office are still studying the material.”

Current Israeli law allows Israel to ban people who support the BDS movement.

It should be noted that a final draft of the block is reportedly being made, but has not yet been released at the time of this article.

Update: Quote from JPost added:

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely confirmed that Israel will not allow the congresswomen from entering Israel, although an official comment from the government has not yet been published.

"Israel has decided," she said. "We will not allow the congresswomen to enter the country. We will not allow anyone who denies our right to exist in the world to enter the country. In principle, this is a very correct decision."

The confirmation followed a report by Channel 12 that Interior Minister Arye Deri decided on Thursday not to allow the pro-BDS congresswomen to enter Israel.

What is the BDS Movement?

Per a search on Wikipedia, "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (also known as BDS) is a Palestinian-led[1][2][3] campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets what the campaign describes as Israel's obligations under international law,[4] defined as withdrawal from the occupied territories, removal of the separation barrier in the West Bank, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and "respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties".[4] The campaign is organized and coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.[5]

Protests and conferences in support of the campaign have been held in a number of countries. BDS supporters compare the movement to the 20th-century anti-apartheid movement and view their actions similar to the boycotts of South Africa during its apartheid era, comparing the situation in Israel to apartheid.[6][7][8]

Critics of BDS reject its charge that Israel is an apartheid state, asserting that in Israel (outside of the West Bank) "Jews and Arabs mix freely and increasingly live in the same neighborhoods...there is no imposed segregation."[9] Critics have also argued that the BDS movement is antisemitic[10][11] in the form its opposition to Zionism takes,[12][13] drawing analogies to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses[14][15][16] and accusing it of promoting the delegitimization of Israel."

This is not to be confused with BDS slang term, Bush Derangement Syndrome.

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