Anti-Semitic US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is not welcome in Israeli if the organization Shurat HaDin is successful in attempts to block her from visiting the country.
BDS stands for boycott, disinvest and sanction, and the movement is primarily funded by terrorist organizations with support from many US universities and European nations.
A number of the BDS organizations in question are directly funded by European countries, crowdfunding sites, banking systems and philanthropic organizations.
A report earlier this year found that members of terror organizations disguise themselves as “boycott activists” to gain access to powerful Western leaders.
Some European countries have begun to see the connections to terrorism and are rethinking their relationships with BDS-promoting organizations.
But, over the last year, several European countries have said they are reconsidering their decision to fund BDS-promoting groups.
Because of terrorism links Israel has stopped proponents of BDS from entering the nation.
A 2017 Israeli law allows the state to block foreigners that promote BDS from entering the country. The motion seeks to force Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to bar Omar from entering.
However, it is unclear how effective the petition will be since Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer already said that Israel will not prevent Omar and fellow congresswoman, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who also supports BDS, from visiting later this month.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Shuran HaDin’s founder and chairwoman, said that it is hypocritical that Israel asks students in the U.S. to stand up to BDS activists, but is not serving as a “role model” to bar BDS supporters from entering the country.
“Israel shouldn’t let others, including young students, fight this battle for it, and in contrast surrender to the phenomenon here in Israel due to the prestige and status of certain important BDS activists,” she said in a statement.