By: Paige Hubbard
Two of the first Muslim women elected to congress have been banned from visiting Israeli. The decision was announced on Thursday by a spokesperson for deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were denied entry to the country because of the congresswomen’s support for a boycott against Isreal, per a report from an Israeli government official.
It is said that the decision was influenced by President Donald Trump after he said that Isreal would be showing “great weakness” by allowing the two enter into the country.
“The State of Israel respects the American Congress in the framework of the close alliance between the two countries, but it is unthinkable that entry to Israel would be allowed to those who seek to damage the State of Israel, even during a visit,” said Interior Minister Aryeh Deri in a statement.
Some say the decision is a striking step by not only President Trump but equally stunning for his ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in effort’s to punish political opponents.
In a tweet, Trump said, “they hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”
Both parties have openly criticized one another on several topics. Just last month President Trump told Tlaib and Omar to “go back” to the countries they came from. However, Tlaib was born in the U.S and Omar is became a U.S citizen in 2000, just six years before first lady Melania Trump according to reports.