Israel did not permit two controversial Democratic lawmakers to enter the country, Channel 12 reported Thursday afternoon.
Omar (D-Minn.) and Tlaib (D-Mich.) planned to tour the flashpoint site of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank, according to Channel 13.
The Israeli government announced Thursday it would not allow Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of
Their trip was planned by Miftah, a nonprofit organization led by Palestinian lawmaker and veteran peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi, according to the Washington Post.
So, what exactly is Mifta and what are their connections to terrorism that convinced PM Netanyahu to cancel their trip?
NGO Monitor describes the group’s link to terrorism:
In a January 2017 interview for Deutsche Welle, founder and chair of the Miftah board of directors Hanan Ashrawi claimed that Palestinian “attacks and their perpetrators” (as described by the interviewer, Tim Sebastian) “are seen by the people as resistance. And you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as terrorist (sic)” (3:20).
Described Wafa Idrees, one of the first female Palestinian suicide bombers, as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.” Idrees detonated herself on January 27, 2002, killing 81 year-old Pinhas Takatli and wounding another 150 Israeli civilians. She is described as one of the “several young women” who “decided to join the ranks of the resistance movement.”
Twitchy goes even farther in their article on the group:
In his explanation for the decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel (except under a very specific condition in Tlaib’s case), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited their itinerary and offered up some insight into the organization that was sponsoring their trip to “Palestine”:
Turns out that that was only scratching the surface:
Sponsorship of Omar and Tlaib’s now-botched trip was not the first for Miftah. The organization sponsored a trip for a group of Democratic lawmakers in 2016, where they met with an alleged member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization.
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