An Israeli civil rights NGO filed a bill with the Jerusalem District Court to ban U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from entering Israel because of her recurring comments and support for anti-Semitic groups.
According to ynetnews, the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center asked Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to prohibit Omar from entering Israel because of her support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, a global campaign that seeks to increase economic and political pressure on Israel.
According to this information, the NGO that presented the project would be cooperating with Western intelligence agencies to combat terrorism and safeguard Jewish rights, through legal actions.
In early July, Omar proposed a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel, after comparing the Jewish state with the boycotts that the United States once carried out against Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
According to Fox News, Omar’s measure is co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, the first U.S.-Palestinian lawmaker in Congress to openly support a single-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Israeli NGO presents the proposal just as Omar and her fellow Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib—both advocates of the Palestinian movement—plan to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this August.
On several occasions via Twitter and at his rallies, President Donald Trump asked Omar to resign because of her comments. “I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” the president said.
The president has also said Omar “hates Jews” and has a history of “launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds.”
He similarly asked the four progressive Democratic congresswomen, self-proclaimed as the “squad” to “apologize to America.”
“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The “squad” is made up of socialist congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayana Pressley.
The Israeli Embassy in the United States assured Omar and Tlaib that they would not be prevented from visiting Israel despite accusations of anti-Semitism.
The Israeli envoy to the United States, Ron Dermer, told The Times of Israel, “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress.”