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Anatomy of a hate filled political stunt

On August 15, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayau barred Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from an official visit to Israel. Netanyahu explained in his statement: "As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel's law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel. Congressmen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting boycott legislation against Israel in the US Congress. Only a few days ago, we received their visitation plan, and it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and negate Israel's legitimacy."


Omar issued a statement: “It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the US government. Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories. Sadly, this is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.”


Then on the same day, Tlaib wrote in a letter to Israel’s Ministry of Interior: “I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically, my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa. This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.” Israel granted her request. Then, after Israel accepted Tlaib’s visit based on her own conditions, Tlaib refused to go, claiming racism, oppression and injustice. She stated, “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she [her grandmother] wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.” 


Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who granted Tlaib’s request to visit her grandmother, responded: “Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.” This pretty well sums it up. Israel has experienced for decades this type of hate-filled propaganda and political stunts from the Marxist-Islamist Palestinian movement. Now that Michigan and Minnesota have elected these anti-Semetic, hate-mongers to Congress, America will be experiencing similar tactics. It is also the same hate-baiting that is occurring on a grander scale against anyone who disagrees with the Democratic Party leadership. This is like David’s description of the Edomite in Psalm 52:2-3, “Your tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness.” 


Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff 


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