The Israeli legal NGO Shurat HaDin filed a petition in a Jerusalem court earlier seeking to block US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from being allowed entry into the Jewish state. The Times of Israel reports that Shurat HaDin asked the Jerusalem District Court to demand that Interior Minister Aryeh Deri deny Omar's entry during her visit to Israel with other members of Congress later this month.
Shuran HaDin said its petition included proof of Omar’s activities supporting the BDS movement, including her sponsorship of a bill to allow boycotting Israel earlier this month and also cited a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump calling on Omar and Tlaib to apologize to Israel, the White House and the American people due to their “horrible statements.” And now, Under intense pressure from President Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Thursday barred Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, members of the United States Congress from entering Israel and reversing a previous decision to admit the two only on official visit.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are considered as Trump’s most outspoken critics and are vocal supporters of the Palestinians and the movement called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or B.D.S.
Despite being criticized not only by Democrats but also by some top Republicans, this move joined Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu even more closely as partners against their mutual adversaries as the prime minister faces a critical election next month.