People of all political stripes have weighed in today after Israel’s announcement that they would be barring Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) from entering the country because they believed the two freshman Congresswomen intended to “harm Israel” and “increase incitement against it” with their visit.
That the reasons given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are valid has not stopped The Usual Suspects™ from weighing in and asserting, among other things, that Israel is engaging in “bigotry” and showing “enormous disrespect” to the pro-BDS Congressional representatives.
Omar called the decision an “affront” and an “insult to democratic values,” saying Netanyahu had “aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.” Tlaib tweeted a photo of her grandmother, stating “The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.”
Perhaps the best take of all on this issue is the one that is the least hysterical. And that is what the Babylon Bee did today with its “report” on Tlaib’s and Omar’s reactions:
Women Who Don’t Believe Israel Has Right To Exist Not Sure Why They Got Banned From Israelhttps://t.co/EdrxBHXwA5
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) August 15, 2019
Here’s what they wrote:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar reported Thursday they were bewildered that they got banned from Israel, a country they seem to believe shouldn’t exist at all.
“It’s racism,” said Omar in a press conference. “It’s all due to racism. Well, that and a Jewish conspiracy. The Jews are behind this, for sure.” (The evidence indicates she’s correct on this assertion, a first for her accusations against Jews).
Tlaib agreed, saying she wanted to ask Jews about the Holocaust so she could relax and get a “calming feeling” while she was there.
Brilliant and on point, as always.
Read the whole thing here.
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