If Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can’t Israel boycott them?

During a news conference on Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) accused Israel of denying her and fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry because they are “the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress.” On Twitter, Omar was even more pointed, accusing Israel of implementing “Trump’s Muslim ban” — a calumny echoed by supposedly responsible Democrats such as Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who tweeted “PM Netanyahu — Drop your Muslim ban.”

Sorry, it’s not a Muslim ban; it’s an anti-Semite ban.

Israel’s decision to bar the two U.S. lawmakers was a mistake, because it has given them a much bigger platform from which to attack Israel. But let’s be clear: There is nothing outrageous about Israel’s decision to bar entry to politicians who advocate its destruction. If Omar and Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can’t Israel boycott them?

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