Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were first Muslim women elected to US Congress and significant critics of Trump and Israel’s policy towards Palestinians.
Who is Ilhan Omar
-Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is a Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party line.
Ilhan Omar pledged
She has been allowed to visit her grandmother, who is in the age of 90s in Israel after she promised that she should respect conditions imposed by Israel. Ilhan Omar is of Palestinians origin(a member of the native Arab population of the region of Palestine)
Tweet of Trump
-In a tweet on Thursday, Trump wrote: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all of the Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in the office. They are a disgrace!”
Omar responded to the decision on Thursday that it is an insult to democratic values.
Who is Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Harbi Tlaib Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district since 2019. The community includes the western half of Detroit, along with several of its western suburbs and much of the Downriver area.
Rashida Tlaib said on Friday that she would not enter in Israel if she has been allowed to come in Israel on Humanitarian backgrounds and she believes in fighting against racism, oppression, and injustice on any ground.
The BDS movement
BothTlaib and Omar are major critics of Israel and have supported the boycott movement which is commonly known as BDS movement(Boycott, Divest and Sanctions), which received significant bipartisan support.
Gilad Erdan’ s statement
Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan, tweeted Friday morning, “The request from Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to visit her grandmother should be approved. Especially in the light of hers commitment to abide by Israeli law and not advance boycotts against us.”