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Israel authorizes for humanitarian reasons the entry of one of the two US congressmen banned

August 16, 2019


The Israeli authorities have authorized for humanitarian reasons the entry of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a day after announcing that neither she nor the lawmaker Ilhan Omar could enter Israel for her support of movements in favor of the boycott.

Tlaib, of Palestinian parents, requested by letter to the Israeli Ministry of Interior permission to “visit relatives” and especially referred to his grandmother, “who is over 90 years old and lives in Beit Ur al Fauqa”, in the northern part of the West Bank . “It could be my last chance to see her,” he implored, according to the newspaper 'Haaretz'.

The Israeli Government has agreed to the petition just one day after announcing that it would not let Tlaib or Omar, the first two Muslims, to enter seats in the United States Congress. The American president, Donald Trump, publicly claimed this veto against two people who “hate Israel and all Jews” and warned that Israel would show “weakness” if it allowed them to enter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the measure by claiming that “the law prohibits the entry of callers and acts to boycott Israel.” “Congressmen Tlaib and Omar are prominent activists in promoting legislation to boycott Israel in the US Congress,” said Netanyahu, who said the visit plan “made it clear that they planned a campaign whose sole purpose was to reinforce the boycott. and deny the legitimacy of Israel. ”