U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will be barred from entering Israel in an upcoming visit.
The decision was announced by Israel's deputy foreign minister shortly after a tweet from President Trump Thursday urging Israel to not let in the elected representatives of his own country.
"It would show great weakness if Israel allowed" them to visit, Trump wrote, claiming "They hate Israel & all Jewish people." The congresswomen, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, have voiced their support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement… Under Israeli law, supporters of boycotts of the country, can be denied entry.
But just last month - Israel's ambassador in the U.S. said the representatives would be let in out of respect for Congress and the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
President Donald Trump - a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - has repeatedly attacked both Tlaib and Omar and two other Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to "go back" where they came from, even though Tlaib was born in the U.S. and Omar is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia.
Thursday's decision drew condemnation from the unlikeliest of places - AIPAC, the American pro-Israeli lobbying group, who stressed while they disagree with the congresswomen's position on BDS, "We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand." Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged Israeli official to reverse their decision, saying "It will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America," adding, "No democratic society should fear an open debate."
Waving U.S. flags and beeping their horns, a car convoy carrying Republicans living in Israel, made its way on Tuesday to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in a show of support for Donald Trump and his party, bringing the race for the White House onto the streets of Israel a week before the U.S. election,
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Police on Tuesday arrested two men for allegedly killing a 21-year-old woman outside her college in Haryana's Ballabhgarh, a murder which triggered protests with students and local residents blocking the road to Sohna. The two men were produced before a court in Faridabad district and sent to two-day police remand. A special investigation team has been formed to ensure a quick probe into the case, Haryana's Home Minister Anil Vij said. The accused, who arrived at the spot in a car, had tried to pull the woman inside, in a bid to abduct her, but she resisted after which the key accused shot her, police had said. She was taken to a hospital, but she succumbed to injuries, the ACP had said. During the investigation, it emerged that the main accused was the woman's classmate earlier, police said. Haryana Minister Vij said the accused has connections in Congress due to which the pressure mounted on the victim's family to withdraw their complaint earlier in 2018. Watch the full video for more details.
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