It is the “Guardians of Truth” in America who took only minutes after Israel announced it would not allow two anti-Semitic members of Congress, socialist Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., to enter to turn it into religious bigotry.
Omar and Tlaib, both Muslims, have openly supported the “BDS” movement, which stands for boycotting Israel, divesting from Israel and sanctioning the Middle East’s premiere democracy and ultimately eliminating Israel.
So the nation’s longstanding policy has been not to allow those people to enter.
Omar, specifically, has had a long history of hating Israel, posting on social media in 2012 Israel “has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
But when Israel’s announcement came on Thursday, citing the BDS issue, media outlets immediately promoted the idea that it was not BDS, but bigotry.
“Guardians of Truth waste no time spinning,” is how Twitter feed aggregator Twitchy described it.
What Trump had said before the decision.
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all 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 office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Trump cited the Omar’s and Tlabi’s “hate” of Israel.
But media outlets cast it another way:
“Trump: letting US Muslim lawmakers into Israel would ‘show great weakness’” claimed AFP.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 15, 2019
And Bloomberg demanded: “Trump says Israel should stop two Muslim members of the U.S. Congress from visiting.”
Trump says Israel should stop two Muslim members of the U.S. Congress from visiting https://t.co/wJIUKwrwUo
— Bloomberg (@business) August 15, 2019
Politico said, “Omar and Tlaib – the first two Muslim women in Congress – were slated to arrive in Israel weekend, but President Trump had lobbied Israeli leaders to bar them from entering the country.”
Vox even pointed out that they anti-Israel members of Congress “are prominent women of color.”
“Notice how these firefighters have chosen to focus on Tlaib and Omar’s race and religion rather than the fact that they have a long history of open hostility to Jews and Israel? That’s not a careless oversight on their part. It’s actually quite deliberate,” Twitchy said.
The rhetoric, however, was drawing some pushback.
One social media commenter, Christina Ibbotson, told AFP, “It is rhetoric like yours that adds fuel to the ambers! (sic) I’d like you to point out where in @realDonaldTrump’s tweet do you see the word MUSLIM!”
Others pointed out millions of women of color live in Israel, millions of Muslims live, work and vote there, and it has “nothing to do with color” or religion.
It does have something “to do with the filthy anti-semitic support for the anti-semitic BDS movement,” explained the Reagan Battalion.
The ban was announced by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who explained he had consulted with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others.
The decision was based, he said, on the “boycott activities” of the two.
The Israeli announcement explained it was “unacceptable” for those “who wish to harm the state of Israel” to be allowed.
It was just weeks ago that Omar and Tlaib both put their support for the BDS movement on the record, voting against a resolution in the U.S. House condemning the boycott.