Rabbis Commend Israel For Refusing Entry To Congresswomen Omar And Tlaib

By Coalition for Jewish Values
Posted on 08/15/19

Baltimore, MD, Aug. 15, 2019 — The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, today commended the government of Israel for refusing entry to Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), under the Israeli law that bars entry to noncitizens who advocate for a boycott of Israel. 

"Besides the fact that they requested no meetings with Israeli officials, wishing only to travel to 'Palestine,' these are not people who would be convinced by seeing 'the facts on the ground,'" said Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Vice President of the CJV. "Omar says that Israel's careful self-defense is 'hypnotizing the world' regarding its 'evil doings,' and that her colleagues only support Israel due to being bought out. Tlaib rewrites Middle Eastern history to claim that Arabs gave Jews a 'safe haven' at their own expense. Both are sponsors of a resolution claiming that boycotting Israel is 'pursuit of civil and human rights' while comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. Their hatred will not be cured by meetings with the Palestinian Authority, which generously supports those who murder Jews."

The CJV pointed out that while supporters of the anti-Israel boycott known as 'BDS' claim to want peace, the movement's founder openly calls for the eradication of Israel and says that BDS will not cease until that is accomplished. In actuality, BDS continues the long and hateful history of economic warfare against the Jewish community, sloganized by the Nazis as "Kauft nicht bei Juden." Israeli law calls for vocal supporters of Israel's destruction to be denied entry to the country, in line with laws in the US, UK and elsewhere barring entry to those whose conduct "is not conducive to the public good," as Great Britain puts it.

"There were a number of valid political arguments for permitting them entry," added Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, Chairman of the CJV Rabbinic Circle, "but that is what they were -- political, claiming that American congresswomen should be above the law. The idea of equal justice under the law is a key principle that distinguishes civilized nations, and should be compromised only for safety, national security and international cooperation. None of those applied here -- President Trump said that Israel should bar them, indicating that doing so would not negatively impact Israel's security or its relationship with the United States."

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, articulates and advocates for public policy positions based upon traditional Jewish thought.