The controversy over Israel’s ban of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Reps. Rashida Tlaib (L) and Ilhan Omar respond to Israel's to ban them from entering Israel (Photo: screenshot Youtube)

The Democratic Party is near schizophrenic, having voted with the Republicans against the BDS (Boycott, Disinvest and Sanction) movement, but then having a fit over the Israel ban of two radical congress women. 

What should be simple was made complex since they are members of congress but also the first women in congress to take radical anti-Israel stands based on radical movements from the Muslim Brotherhood and aligned with Hamas. Make no mistake about it, BDS was founded by people who seek the full destruction of Israel. “From the River to the Sea, Palestine shall be free.”

The founders of BDS do not seek a lasting peace in a two state solution, but agree with those declaring the State of Israel an illegitimate colonial imposition on the indigenous Arab population. This simplistic narrative is propaganda that in an Orwellian way seek to portray the Israelis as the oppressors without taking the terrorism of the other side into account. If BDS succeeded, it would mean the end of Israel.  

Make no mistake about it; Gaza would be totally free and even able to declare itself a nation, have free trade, develop tourism, businesses and more if they would do one thing. That one thing is to give up violent opposition to Israel. The oppression is self-chosen through their violence so they can play the victim card and turn the world against Israel by a false narrative. As for the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority turned down two generous offers for a two-state solution, one under Prime Minister Barak and one under Ehud Olmert.

It was quite obvious to most Israelis that the Palestinians were playing Israel and the world and had no intention of an agreement other than one that would lead to the destruction of Israel. Both the Fatah Movement of the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas Movement seek the same goal; the destruction of Israel. The method of the former is more subtle, even to pretend to be open to a real two state lasting solution for peace. The method of the other is violent resistance and not even to countenance any negotiation that would look like accepting the legitimacy of the State of Israel.  

The mistake of the Israeli government was its weakness to first entertain these two congresswomen coming separately from the bi-partisan delegation from Congress that came very recently. They refused to go preferring instead a trip to create a massive propaganda media feast against Israel. The two women have made anti-Semitic statements as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance which has been adopted by many countries including the United States. 

Just because voters in their districts foolishly elected these two as their representatives does not undercut Israeli right and policy, which is to deny entry to any who are involved in supporting BDS and seeking the destruction of Israel.

Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold her radical wing together with the rest of the party so she wimped out in not passing a resolution condemning the statements of Ilhan Omar early on in this congressional session, but allowing it to be watered down to a statement against all racism and prejudice.  

The radicals, known as the squad, are playing the Democratic leaders. But by not dealing with this, they are opening the door to the Democratic Party becoming an anti-Israel party. Some have noted the parallels to the anti-Semitism in the Labor party in Britain under Jeremy Corbin and called this the Corbinization of the Democratic party: the drift to socialism and semi-Marxism, the anti- Israel stands and the rejection of traditional moral values.

Israel made the right decision to ban these two and there should not have been a question, though Israeli parliamentarians, American politicians and media people questioned it. Being elected to the U. S. congress or to any legislative body in countries in relationship to Israel does not give one a pass to enter Israel and bypass its policy to ban people who support BDS and anti-Semitism. America has banned people from other democracies who they deemed problematic. Messianic Jews in Israel can give us some perspective!!!

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Dr. Daniel Juster, founder and director of Tikkun International, has been involved in the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972 and currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel, from where he serves and supports the Messianic movement worldwide. Dan was the founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Dr. Juster serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Daniel has authored about 20 books on topics ranging from theology, Israel and the Jewish people, eschatology, discipleship, and leadership.