As Colorlines reported Thursday (August 15), the Israeli government barred United States Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from visiting the country after President Donald Trump tweeted, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”

Israel’s far right prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing criminal corruption charges and is running for re-election, reportedly barred the members of Congress because they support boycotts against Israel.

In a rebuke to Trump, Republican and Democratic supporters of Israel and the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) condemned the country’s action as undemocratic and a political mistake. Tlaib herself responded to the ban with a letter to Israel’s minister of internal affairs, Aryeh Deri. In it she asked to visit her grandmother, who is in her 90s, and pledged not to promote a boycott during her trip.

 Israel relented, but some Palestinian figures criticized Tlaib’s decision to go.

 

This morning, Tlaib tweeted that she would not visit the country after all.

 

The BDS Movement lauded the reversal. 

As of press time, Israel had not rescinded its ban on Representative Omar.