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Omar, Tlaib to discuss Israel, Palestine travel restrictions
Published in Ahram Online on 19 - 08 - 2019

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan plan to host a news conference on Monday to discuss travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel last week.
At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Tlaib and Omar, who had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group, are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.
The news conference announcement said they would discuss "potential policy responses'' to Israel's decision. Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin declined to discuss them ahead of the news conference.
The notice also said they would be accompanied by Minnesota residents who've been directly impacted by travel restrictions. They include Lana Barkawi, a Palestinian American who's executive and artistic director of Mizna, a cultural group that sponsors the annual Twin Cities Arab Film Fest. The U.S. government denied visas to several Mideast actors and directors who had been invited to participate last year.
Before Israel's decision, Trump tweeted it would be a "show of weakness'' to allow the two representatives in. Israel controls entry and exit to the West Bank, which it seized in the 1967 Mideast war along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories the Palestinians want for a future state.
Trump's request to a foreign country to bar the entry of elected U.S. officials - and Israel's decision to do so - were unprecedented and drew widespread criticism, including from many Israelis as well as staunch supporters of Israel in Congress. Critics said Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision was a reckless gamble and risked turning Israel into a partisan issue and threatened to undermine ties between the close allies.
Tlaib and Omar are known as supporters of "boycott, divestment and sanctions,'' or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement. Supporters say the movement is a nonviolent way of protesting Israel's military rule over the occupied territories, but Israel says it aims to delegitimize the state and eventually wipe it off the map.
Last week, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see her aging grandmother. Deri's office released a letter that it said was from Tlaib, which promised to respect travel restrictions during her visit. But after the announcement, Tlaib tweeted she wouldn't allow Israel to use her love for her grandmother to force her to "bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.''
The two congresswomen are part of the "squad" of liberal newcomers - all women of color - whom Trump has labeled as the face of the Democratic Party as he runs for reelection. The Republican president subjected them to a series of racist tweets last month in which he called on them to "go back'' to their "broken'' countries. They are U.S. citizens - Tlaib was born in the U.S. and Omar became a citizen after moving to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Somalia.


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