US congresswomen are directly concerned by Israeli law forbidding any supporter of boycott movement to visit the country
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Israel said Thursday it will bar two US congresswomen who support the Palestinian-led boycott movement from visiting the country, a decision announced after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would "show great weakness" to allow them in. The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting the close American ally appeared to be unprecedented, and marked a deep foray by Israel into America's bitterly polarised politics. It is also a sharp escalation of Israel's campaign against the international boycott movement. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri issued a statement saying that after consultations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials he decided not to allow Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin,—and Omar to enter because of "their boycott activities against Israel".