Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have made a lot of waves since being elected to the US Congress last year. Most notably for our readers, these Muslim women and several of their like-minded colleagues have planted a flag as champions of any and all anti-Israel efforts and movements.
And now they want to visit the Jewish state, which they call “occupied Palestine.”
There has been much debate in Israel as to whether or not Omar and Tlaib should be granted entry, despite their status as American lawmakers. Indeed, Jerusalem has denied entry to numerous high-profile supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
But many Israelis, including those to the right of the political spectrum, believe Omar and Tlaib should be permitted to visit. Among them is Messianic Jewish YouTuber Hananya Naftali, who notes that despite the fact they are clearly anti-Semites, Omar and Tlaib speak passionately against Israel without having ever been here. Perhaps first-hand experience will curb their vitriolic rhetoric.
“They have no clue what they are talking about,” notes Naftali. “By letting them into Israel, we are letting them see the facts. We have nothing to hide. I want them to see the coexistence happening in Israel–Arabs, Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze living together side-by-side. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where this is possible.”