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Israel blocks Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering country – live

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Officials confirm ‘the decision is not to allow them to enter’Trump had urged Israel to ban Muslim pair from enteringSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 6.04pm BST David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, said in a statement that he would support the Netanyahu government’s decision to block Omar and Tlaib’s trip.Please read my attached statement with regard to the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry to BDS activists, Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, in accordance with its national laws. 5.56pm BST The pro-Israel group AIPAC, which has voiced strenuous disagreement with Omar and Tlaib in the past, said the progressive congresswomen should nonetheless be allowed to travel to Israel.We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.NEW: @LeaderHoyer spoke directly to PM Netanyahu and Amb. Dermer to try to convince them to let @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib enter Israel, per Hoyer aide. Says refusing them entry is a “grave mistake” and a “sign of weakness.”

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Publish date : 2019-08-15 17:04:18

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