Young Israel Statement On Israel’s Decision To Bar Reps. Omar And Tlaib From Entering The Country

August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019



Aaron Troodler

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Farley Weiss, President of the National Council of Young Israel, today issued the following statement in response to Israel’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from the country in light of their support of boycott activities against Israel. The decision was made in accordance with a 2017 Israeli law that allows the government to bar entry to foreign activists who support a boycott of Israel.


“Israel’s decision to prohibit Reps. Omar and Tlaib from entering the country is wholly appropriate in light of their barefaced support for the anti-Semitic BDS movement. Their perpetual promotion of anti-Semitic sentiments and their troubling track record of advancing anti-Israel ideals are reprehensible, and we fully support Israel’s determination that barring their entry is prudent and necessary.


“The sole purpose of this propaganda-laden trip was to portray Israel in a negative light, and the purposeful marginalization by Reps. Omar and Tlaib of Israeli officials during their excursion was a blatant attempt to disrespect and disregard the democratically elected government of a critical ally of the United States. Israel is under no obligation to provide a public platform to individuals who relish the opportunity to defame her, and is absolutely within its right to take steps to prevent incitement by hate-mongers who endorse a movement whose primary objective is to undermine Israel and advocate for its destruction through economic, social and political means.


“Israeli law specifically empowers the government to prohibit entry to foreign activists who champion a boycott of Israel, and Reps. Omar and Tlaib, who openly and proudly support the BDS movement, unquestionably meet that statutory-based criteria. Regardless of whether they are Members of Congress or private citizens, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib categorically defend and promote a boycott that is rooted in anti-Semitism, and they should not have license to travel to Israel freely so that they could further propagate their deleterious racist rhetoric.”


For the past 107 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and approximately 135 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.