An Israeli NGO has filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court to prevent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from entering Israel.
Shurat HaDin has asked Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to prevent Omar from visiting the country because of her support for the BDS movement against Israel.
Under a controversial law enacted by Israel in 2017, the state may ban any foreigner from entering the country that “knowingly makes a public call for a boycott of Israel”.
Last week Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer announced that Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib will be allowed to enter the Jewish state. This is despite their support for the BDS movement, “out of respect for the US Congress and the grand alliance between Israel and the United States.”
Omar is very excited about her trip to Israel by commenting that ”this is an opportunity to learn more about the situation on the ground and find the best ways to advance a two-state solution.”
Omar and Tlaib are the first female Muslim women to be elected to Congress. They have been accused of harboring anti-Semitic sentiment because of their vocal opinions against the Jewish State.