Shocked Israel would ban Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? Don't be | Joshua Leifer

The extent to which the Israeli government has designated opposition to its policies as not just illegitimate but also illegal is now plain to seeAnyone paying attention to the politics of Israel-Palestine could sense this was coming. It was was only a matter of time before a prominent American politician was blocked from entering Israel on political grounds, and now that moment has arrived. After being goaded by Trump, the Israeli government announced on Thursday that they would deny Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry to the country.This move didn’t come out of nowhere. The Israeli government passed a law in 2017 barring supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering the country. After Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have expressed support for the BDS movement at various points, entered office, the question loomed about whether Israel would refuse to let them in. Continue reading...

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