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Rashida Tlaib And Ilhan Omar’s Botched Israel Trip Was Sponsored By Terror-Linked Organization

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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 can 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 saying they 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.

By CoonservativeDailyNews.com

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Paul W

These two traitors MUST be investigated thoroughly. God Bless Bibi for barring these terrorist sympathizers from entering Israel. He understands what not protecting your border can lead to!

BajaRon

Not just this trip. Their entire existence is sponsored by terrorists. They are terrorists themselves. They don’t actually pull the trigger. But they do everything in their power to make sure the trigger pullers succeed.

Israel had the guts do do exactly what we need to do. Cancel their stay in this country.

Karen

It has been said that we will be destroyed from within. Think about that and wake up America!

Frank S.

Well, what do you expect Israel to say or do? You are known by the company you keep. Also, there should be consequences for what you say and do. These two members of “the squad” have been irresponsible and are now paying the price for it. Israel is the only democratic government in the region, surrounded by nations who only differ in their hostility to this tiny nation. We need to remember they were on our side when the U.S. was attacked on 9/11. Many of the Palestinians were dancing and celebrating in the streets. That’s a scene I will NEVER forget! Having lived for a total of 8 years in Muslim countries I could go on and on, but in the interest of brevity I’ll stop here.

Mary

It is great Israel rejected the 2 Congress ladies . Now , Congress needs to remove them from office for being Anti-American and, Radical Islamic supporters!

R. Shoemaker

The fact that Tlaib and Omar came from districts with a majority population that elected them shows how bad our immigration programs have been. A lot of Blood and Treasure was spent over the decades to Make thisCountry Great but it wasn’t provided by the people in their districts who obviously hate this country that good Americans built and want to turn it into something else.
If Obama had more time for his immigration programs, we would have had ten or twenty more Tlaibs and Omars in congress.

Barb304

Did these two anti-Israelis really believe Israel would embrace them? Just more proof they are stupid and dangerous and should have never been voted into office. Israel is our only Middle Eastern ally and should be treated with respect by all Patriotic Americans.

Fay French

Good for Israel. I don’t even want them in THIS country !

Deb

Their rhetoric would have seen them up on treason charges only 30 years ago. I no longer recognize a lot of what happens and is allowed and applauded in this great country as “normal”, but I am pleased that Israel still knows evil when it comes calling.

T Dee

They have no response because their hidden agenda has been revealed, their traitorous intentions are clear for all to see.

thearusolution

The thing I do not understand is how the oath a congressman takes no longer means anything. Each of these enemies of the US and Israel pledged the following: I _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. Historically violation of one’s oath of office was considered to be an act of treason.

Lisa

Hold your ground Israel! Great decision!

Thomas Duggan

So how many times has she gone in the last 5 years to see her sick grandmother?? Wait until thats released

Paul LaMonica

These people are the cancer eating away at our republic and it’s well being.
Please…someone get the balls to investigate their background and motivation. They should worry us all.

John

There was an article in Forbes (I think) this morning saying that Israel changed their mind and Will allow Tlaib to visit the West Bank where her Grand mother & other family are. But, she said in the article she has now changed her mind and will not go. We all knew as did both the U.S. and Israel the only Real reason the were going was to cause problems.

Jeanne

Why am I not surprised? They think they are great muslim crusaders for islam. They really think they can do anything criminal or otherwise and speak hate all they want and get away with it, We must put an end to this nonsense. Obama is responsible for this fiasco. We do not represent hate and barbarianism in this country.

Stephen Russell

Bad Optics for trip & bad for US, Good call Israel.
Lame move Leftists.

Shirl

There’s only one solution for a traitor(s) and we all know what that is.

Margaret E. Millen

I understand Israel’s objections. The gang of 4 has no business being allowed to cause hate and terrorism.

Diana

I demand these vile un-American Dangerous disgusting asses be Fired Arrested Prosecuted Deported from this Country or better yet executed for Treason