Jason Hopkins on August 15, 2019
Rashida Tlaib’s and Ilhan Omar’s cancelled trip to Israel was sponsored by a Palestinian-based organization whose members have expressed sympathy for terrorist activities and support the BDS movement.
The Israeli government announced Thursday it would not allow Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to enter their borders for a planned trip into Palestinian territory, citing the two lawmakers’ support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Under Israeli law, anyone who supports the boycott of Israel may be banned from the country.
“The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said to Israel’s Reshet Radio Thursday.
Tlaib had been planning the congressional delegation since at least December 2018, according to an invitation sent to other U.S. lawmakers that year. The trip to the West Bank and Jerusalem was intended to last from Aug. 17 to 22, and act as an alternative to the AIPAC-led delegations for lawmakers who are friendlier to Israel.
The trip was sponsored by the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy, better known as Miftah.
Despite billing itself as a peaceful organization dedicated to promoting Palestine’s democratic institutions, Miftah for years has carried notable ties to terrorist sympathizers, has openly accused Israel of atrocities and supports the boycott of Israeli products.
Hanan Ashrawi, the founder and chair of the Miftah board of directors, brushed off Palestinian terrorist attacks during a January 2017 interview by sayingthey are “seen by the people as resistance. And you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as terrorists.”
Miftah’s own website describes Wafa Idrees, a female suicide bomber, as one of a few young women who chose to “join the ranks of the resistance movement.” Idrees detonated herself in January 2002, killing an 81-year-old and wounding another 150 Israelis.
Miftah was forced to retract and apologize in 2013 for an article published on its website that accused the Jewish people of using “the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.” The Ramallah-based organization had originally defended the writing, but reversed course amid massive outcry.
The Palestinian group holds membership with the Aman Coalition, which has accused Israel of “stealing,” and having “racist goals,” according to the NGO Monitor. Miftah is also a member of the Palestinian NGO Network, which has refused to add its signature to the anti-terror clause, a condition for U.S. government funding.
These details were not lost on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“[T]he itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it,” the prime minister wrote in a statement published Thursday. “In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”
“Therefore, the minister of interior has decided not to allow their visit, and I, as prime minister, support his decision,” Netanyahu continued.
Sponsorship of Omar and Tlaib’s now-botched trip was not the first for Miftah. The organization sponsored a trip for a group of Democratic lawmakers in 2016, where they met with an alleged member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization.
Miftah did not respond to a request for comment regarding this article, nor did spokesmen for Tlaib’s and Omar’s offices.
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I'll bet they have a plan and every move and word they speak is being recorded and saved. The difference is that leftist want to act and react with knee jerk actions while the right carefully plans things so they will have a good case and win in court!
Exactly. I'm a logical conservative who believes in the Constitution and all that good stuff.....EVEN when it comes to people I don't like.
The naivete is on someone like you who believes what he's told about someone without solid evidence just because he doesn't like said individual. I said the same thing about Kavinaugh that I'm saying about Tliab. I need PROOF. Some people (side doesn't matter) will say anything about someone they despise.
Don't get me wrong. I can't stand that twit, Tlaib and I want her gone. BUT. I'm not going to just jump on some wagon that says something derogatory about her. That's what the left does. Are you a logical conservative who believes in the Constitution or an emo liberal punk?
well--the philosophy of the 'left' seems to be guilty until proven innocent--if you don't agree with them.
Is there even a "90 yr old grandmother" (not someone paid to pretend to be)...it sounds like a 'set up', staged to do just what it did--get attention ....
wife of RET/DAV/USA
should have let them in, and then let them disappear.
Seriously? Are some people that naive?
They will be reelected. By the same anti American ttash that elected them in the first place. You fill a place with Anti American trash and this what you get.
Nothing they do seems to bring out any consequences to these two heathens... not even their funding from terrorist organizations to go to Israel. I can't understand how people who know this can let it go on and not get them out of congress?? I would think impeachment would be demanded!
I dont why she cant get a ticket and go see her grand mother. Pay for it out of her pocket like the rest of us do!.