Omar, Tlaib called Israel 'Palestine' in itinerary

Friday, August 16, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

'The Squad' (Omar, AOC, et al.)Refusing to acknowledge Israel as their destination before the Jewish State banned their visit, Muslim Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) referred to the nation instead as “Palestine” in their travel itinerary.

When Israel relented and permitted Tlaib to visit family in the Palestinian territory for humanitarian reasons, the anti-Semitic lawmaker then changed her mind and refused, reportedly letting her “hate for Israel” overcome her “love for her grandmother.”

Before their plans to visit the Holy Land were announced, Israel had already instituted a policy banning members and supporters of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – to which both Omar and Tlaib belong – because of its declared anti-Semitic agenda geared to ultimately wipe the State of Israel off the face of the Earth.

Singularly good reason for banishment

Even though many agreed Israel’s original explanation for banning Omar and Tlaib from entering its country – due to their BDS involvement – was more than sufficient, the fact that they intentionally denied the legitimacy of Israel as a nation throughout their itinerary (by calling it Palestine) was believed to be more than enough justification.

“According to their own itinerary, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib chose to refer to Israel as ‘Palestine,’” Daily Wire’s Harry Khachatrian tweeted Thursday. “Their trip there was little more than a self-indulgent ploy to delegitimize and malign the Jewish State from within its borders.”

In addition, both lawmakers attempted to shoot down a long-anticipated nonbinding resolution last month condemning the BDS movement by voting against it in Congress. Israel’s leadership recognizes the seriousness of the anti-Israel push that opposes Israel’s legitimacy as a nation and threatens its very existence.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Rashida Talib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from entering the country and rightfully so,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa reported. “Both women support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which is viciously anti-Israel. And by vicious, I mean, these clowns are pushing for the destruction of the Jewish state.”

AOC playing discrimination card … again

Shortly after the Israeli government announced Thursday morning that the pro-Palestinian Americans would not be permitted to arrive in Tel Aviv Friday as planned because of their anti-Israel agenda, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) – the leader of the so-called “Squad” that includes Omar, Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) – condemned Israeli and American leadership for being exclusionary and discriminating on the basis of religion.

AOC – who controversially called United States border detention centers “concentration camps” and further made light of the Jewish Holocaust by saying “never again” to call an end to the so-called poor treatment of illegal aliens being detained – took to Twitter and sparked more divisiveness … even though Israel quickly told Tlaib she could apply for a humanitarian visa if she wanted to visit Palestinian family members.

“[Members of Congress] are frequently asked to visit Israel to ‘see things for ourselves,’” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday. “But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the US that only *some* Americans are welcome to Israel, not all.”

She added charges against the president.

“Trump is exporting his bigotry & making matters worse,” AOC added in her next tweet.

But the Israeli PM wouldn’t allow AOC to spin the matter into one of oppression and victimization.

“Netanyahu defended the decision to deny entry to the two congresswomen, saying the move is in line with a new law that would prevent any supporter of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel from visiting the country,” The Hill reported.

The prime minister made sure his social media following realized Omar’s and Tlaib’s true intentions – which he said were not to aid the Palestinians in their allegedly oppressed Apartheid state, but rather to plot Israel’s destruction.

“The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,” Netanyahu expressed in a statement, according to The Hill. 

Playing games?

Tlaib is now apparently using Israel’s initial ban to forward her political agenda that paints Israel as an oppressive state. She is doing this by backtracking on her plans to visit – now that the Middle Eastern nation is allowing her visit.

“Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweets that visiting her grandmother under 'oppressive conditions' would stand against everything she believes in,” Fox News informed.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri blasted Tlaib for canceling her plans to visit family members in the West Bank Friday after Israel made concessions to allow her arrival in order to quell the diplomatic clash spurred by the ban.

“Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,” Deri tweeted Friday.

It is contested that Tlaib’s flip-flopping on going to Israel is part of a scheme to promote her narrative of Israel as the Palestinians’ oppressor.

“The dueling statements from Tlaib and the Israeli government are poised to escalate a confrontation that briefly seemed to be ebbing Friday morning – when Deri granted Tlaib’s request on humanitarian grounds to see her grandmother in the Israeli-occupied West Bank,” Fox News’ Judson Berger argued. “This came after the Israeli government drew bipartisan criticism in Washington for refusing entry to Tlaib and Omar as part of a broader visit."

Tlaib followed up Israel’s conditional permission to visit with a “scathing” statement via a series of Twitter posts announcing her new decision not to go after all.

“[O]ppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart," Tlaib tweeted Friday. “Racism and the politics of hate is thriving [in Israel].”

She continued to politicize her decision, insisting her final resolve not to go came after reconsidering her earlier pledge to not promote boycotting Israel during her visit – insisting she now does not want to abide by Israel’s restrictions.

"I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in – fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” the Palestinian-American politician tweeted. "I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”

Deri then questioned Tlaib’s motives for rescinding her request right after she pleaded to see her grandmother because it might be her last chance to do so before she dies due to her old age.

“I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel,” the Israeli leader wrote, according to Fox News.

Israel’s initial refusal to allow the two pro-Palestinian Muslim congresswomen was likely a result of pressure from President Donald Trump, who tweeted Thursday that allowing them to visit Israel would be a sign of “weakness” – considering their latest hostile move against Israel to push the U.S. backing of the BDS movement.

When Israel granted Tlaib permission to visit – while not promoting anti-Israel policies – she stressed the urgency of her visit, considering her grandmother is in her 90s.

“This could be my last opportunity to see her,” Tlaib reportedly wrote, according to Fox News. “I will respect any restrictions and I will not promote any boycotts against Israel during my visit.”

Right after Israel granted Tlaib permission to visit, she slammed Israel for allegedly taking away her rights and making her feel like she committed a crime.

"[Putting these conditions on my visit is] silencing me & treating me like a criminal," Tlaib complained. "It would kill a piece of me."

From the get-go, Netanyahu warned that Tlaib’s and Omar’s reason for visiting Israel was to undermine it as a nation.

“[The congresswomen's itinerary] revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel's legitimacy," Netanyahu impressed via Twitter on Thursday.

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