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Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) held a press conference in Minneapolis Monday to denounce the Israeli government’s decision to bar them from entering the country due to their support for a boycott of Israel.
Both complained about the Israeli “occupation” of Palestinian territory, including security checkpoints. Not once –at least according to the C-SPAN live feed, which omitted the final question of the press conference — did either of them criticize Palestinian terror against Israel, which is why the checkpoints were created in the first place.
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In addition, Omar claimed that the Israeli government sought to deport local Human Rights Watch director Omar Shakir “because he has reported on human rights conditions in the West Bank and Gaza.” In fact, the reason for Shakir’s deportation is that he supported a boycott against Israel — a conclusion upheld thus far in the Israeli courts.
Omar also claimed that the Jewish and Muslim communities had been “made into the bogeyman by this [Trump] administration.” She did not apologize for her recent antisemitic statements — including her and Tlaib’s sharing of an antisemitic cartoon over the weekend by an artist who...
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