Civil Rights Group Files Motion with Jerusalem Court to Ilhan Omar From Israel
Muslim congresswoman faces more fire following antisemtic remarks
An Israeli civil rights NGO filed a motion with the Jerusalem District Court to ban Democrat US congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Israel, according to reports.
Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Centre called on the Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to forbid Omar entering Israel due to her support for the BDS movement, Ynet news reported.
According to its website, Shurat HaDin is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies to help fight terrorism and safeguard Jewish rights through legal actions.
Earlier this month, Omar proposed a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel after comparing the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Omar, who is one of the first two Muslim women in the democratic 'squad,' supports Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) cause against Israel.
She also came under fire for remarks over the influence of pro-Israel lobby on US politics.
President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to resign after what was seen as an 'anti-Jewish tirade.'
“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Trump said of the freshman lawmaker.
Omar and fellow Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, are planning on visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in August.
Both back the Palestinian movement.
Trump has been the most critical of Omar and the rest of ‘the Squad,' who is stepping up his strategy against the democrats ahead of 2020.
He has claimed that Omar “hates Jews” and has a history of “launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”
But Omar rejects the allegations.
Israel’s US embassy reassured Omar and Tlaib they wouldn't prevent them from visiting Israel despite accusations of anti-Semitism.
Israeli envoy to US Ron Dermer told The Times of Israel:
“Out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel."