• Comment Ilhan Omar change la façon dont les Américains parlent d’Israël
    Par Azad Essa – NEW YORK, États-Unis - Mardi 17 septembre 2019 Middle East Eye édition française

    (...) Asad Abukhalil, professeur à l’université d’État de Californie, a partagé le fil d’Ilhan avec le commentaire suivant : « Elle constitue l’ennemi le plus redoutable qu’Israël ait jamais rencontré dans l’histoire politique américaine. Sans exagérer. Elle ne se laisse intimider par personne. Quelle force. »

    De même, Cornel West, professeur à l’université de Harvard faisant partie des intellectuels les plus en vue aux États-Unis, s’est dit « profondément admiratif du courage de sœur Ilhan et de sa volonté de dire la vérité avec son cœur en ce qui concerne les souffrances des chers Palestiniens ».

    « Les sœurs Rashida et Ilhan sont de courageuses combattantes de la liberté », confie West à MEE.

    Ancienne réfugiée somalienne ayant émigré aux États-Unis au milieu des années 1990, Ilhan Omar est devenue l’une des personnalités politiques les plus percutantes de l’histoire récente des États-Unis et a attiré un large public parmi les jeunes Américains.

    Et sa position franche à l’égard d’Israël n’est pas exceptionnelle. Elle s’est toujours exprimée sur les questions de justice sociale, qu’il s’agisse du logement ou des soins de santé à l’échelle du pays, de l’Arabie saoudite ou du Yémen sur le plan de la politique étrangère.

    En août, à l’instar de très peu de législateurs américains, elle a fait une déclaration publique sur la répression brutale menée par l’Inde dans le Cachemire. (...)

    #Ilhan_Omar #Rashida_Tlaib

  • Israeli and US media attack centrist MIFTAH as ’radical’ group in effort to discredit Omar and Tlaib
    Yumna Patel on August 21, 2019

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    Israel and its supporters have set their sights on a new target in part of a concerted effort to discredit US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and their planned delegation to Palestine, after the decision to bar them entry to the country sparked nationwide outrage.

    The newest focus of the right-wing media is MIFTAH, the Ramallah-based NGO that was sponsoring the planned delegation, as it has done in the past with US congressional delegations that visited the occupied West Bank.

    Founded by PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) is largely regarded as a mainstream, “centrist” group in Palestine.

    The group’s activities focus primarily on female empowerment and self-sustainability projects, with a mission that “seeks to promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society” and “seeks to engage local and international public opinion and official circles on the Palestinian cause.”

    In the wake of the backlash facing Netanyahu and his government for denying the congresswomen, the premiere released a statement alleging that the congresswomen had ulterior motives, referencing MIFTAH as “an avid supporter” of BDS.

    #Ilhan_Omar #Rashida_Tlaib #BDS #MIFTAH

  • Tlaib and Omar make things clear about South Africa’s successor
    U.S. lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib helped reveal the truth about Israel to their country and the world
    Gideon Levy Aug 19, 2019 9:44 AM - Haaretz.com

    Two American lawmakers helped reveal the truth about Israel to their country and the world. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar should be thanked for this. And President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in their own way, helped uncover the truth. They are also to be thanked. The two of them, who banned the two legislators from entering Israel, saved us from another false representation.

    After all the human rights activists who have been barred from entering Israel, it took the ban on two American congresswomen to show that Israel is one of the only countries in the world that turns visitors away based on political views or opposition to a country’s regime.

    The Zionist left did its part as well. Stav Shaffir and Tamar Zandberg were distraught over the “damage to Israel’s image” that would be caused, so they advised the government on how to keep defrauding the world and claim that there is no apartheid while there is indeed democracy. Shaffir, who called Netanyahu a coward – he’s certainly far less a coward – wanted to explain to her American colleagues the “complexities of the conflict,” that wretched expression that serves the cowardly Zionist left, whose members love to use it to obscure the loss of their way and the clear fact that nothing is complex about apartheid.

    No one thought that the situation in South Africa was complex but the white nationalists and their sympathizers. Neither should anyone around the world make a mistake and think this about South Africa’s successor. Black-white, occupier-occupied – it’s not complex at all.

    But in Israel, image is the be-all and end-all. The world, which sees Israel as a beacon of democracy, might now discover that it’s not. And so the ban on the entry of the two Democratic legislators will go down as a milestone in the struggle to uncover the truth, that same truth that Israelis are so afraid to look straight in the eye.

    The cancellation of the visit should bring all honest Israelis face to face with a few fundamental questions. Do they oppose the occupation? If so, do they believe that its end will come from within Israeli society, which will awaken one morning and decide of its own volition that it no longer wants the occupation and is prepared to bear the burden of ending it?

    If they believe this, are they brave enough to admit the necessary conclusion, that the end of the occupation will only come through outside pressure? After all, it’s the only thing that might push Israelis to ask themselves whether the price they’ll pay and the penalties they’ll incur will be worth it. The BDS movement is at the moment the most important agent of this pressure, so opponents of the occupation must support it.

    Opponents of the occupation must also support Tlaib and Omar. These legislators may be the harbingers of the fond hope that a new generation of politicians will arise in the United States to upset the existing order in which Israel is allowed to do any harm it wants and Washington stands up for it.

    These two courageous members of Congress, one from Minnesota and one from Michigan, have challenged the people in Israel who declare themselves against the occupation. Were these Israelis shocked by the entry ban because of damage to Israel’s image, or because of the representatives’ determination to work against Israel? Are they only declaring opposition to the occupation, or do they support activists like Tlaib and Omar and other BDS sympathizers?

    Israel almost beat them. Happily, Tlaib came to her senses and didn’t fall into the trap. The shameful proposal to let her visit her grandmother is a manifestation of colonialism: depoliticizing the Palestinian issue, transforming it from a national matter into a humanitarian one, and then portraying the occupation as merciful.

    From the expulsion of the refugees in 1948 to the blockade of Gaza, Israel has denied the Palestinians’ rights, just like it denied Tlaib’s right to visit her homeland and the right of any American lawmaker, whose country has invested so enormously in another country, to visit that country. Instead, Israel offers a little more fuel to Gaza and a visit to a grandmother in occupied Beit Ur al-Fauqa like a bone to a dog.

    #Ilhan_Omar et #Rashida_Tlaib #BDS

    • The trip Rashida Tlaib didn’t get to take
      By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac Aug 24, 2019

      The house owned by Muftiya Tlaib, Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother. The landscape seen from the yard is a panorama of checkpoints and fences. Alex Levac

      A visit to Upper Beit Ur, where the mother and grandmother of Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib were born, and where she married in 1998.

      The tens of thousands of Israelis who whizz by here every day in their cars on their way to Jerusalem, or, if they’re traveling in the other direction, to Tel Aviv, probably don’t notice the small, old stone house that stands a few dozens of meters away from Highway 443, on the other side of the security barrier. A little house in the West Bank, with a covered verandah, a few plastic chairs and fruit trees in the yard; a solitary house set between two villages, east of the city of Modi’in: Beit Ur al-Fauqa (Upper Beit Ur) and Beit Ur al-Tahta (Lower Beit Ur).

      It’s to this house that U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (Democrat, Michigan) was planning to come, to visit her grandmother, possibly for the last time. It’s to this house that she didn’t come, as Israel initially prohibited her from entering the country, and afterward set humiliating conditions for a visit that she could not abide. In this house we find Tlaib’s grandmother, Muftiya Tlaib, who is 90, and her uncle, Bassem Tlaib, disappointed and angry.

      If Israel blocked this roots journey of the promising and courageous congresswoman solely because of her political views, and Tlaib wasn’t able to get to the village, we will bring the sights of the village to her.

      Her family, who declined this week to speak to Israeli reporters as an understandable protest, related that Rep. Tlaib, who was born in Detroit in 1976, last visited here in 1998. That’s when her mother and grandmother set out from this house to attend her wedding to Fayez Tlaib, a native of the village. (The couple divorced in 2015.) Much has changed here since then.

      Nothing that Tlaib would have seen in her mother’s hometown would have reminded her of America, her mother’s adopted homeland. There are no scenes like this in the United States, and few like it anywhere in the world. The landscape that unfolds from the yard of the old house, a panorama of checkpoints and fences, is different from what it was when her mother grew up here, even from when Rashida visited last.

      Just a few dozen meters to the left of the house is an Israel Defense Forces checkpoint, complete with warning signs, banners of the unit and a female soldier who was sitting there this week at the guard post at the entrance, her rifle aimed at the road. “Stop before the stopping strip, shut off lights and turn on vehicle’s inside light, prepare ID cards.”

      This checkpoint is otherwise desolate; no one goes through it, it doesn’t lead anywhere. But if Tlaib were to look rightward from the house, she would see an even more daunting sight: a fortified tower, a veritable high-rise, that also belongs to the IDF. The observation tower overlooks all the surrounding villages and the highway to Jerusalem.

      The yard of the Tlaib family’s house ends at a busy road that abuts it; after that is a fence and another road, far busier. The occupants of the house can’t use that expressway – which was built on their land – to reach the district capital of Ramallah, not to mention to get to Jerusalem, and they are not able to travel by the direct route to the neighboring villages opposite them, nor to their own farmland, on the other side of the road. The expressway in question is Highway 443, the apartheid road, which, along with the separation barrier, has been a curse and has brought suffering to the residents of Upper Beit Ur, just as it did to other villages in the enclave that was created here.

      How would Rep. Tlaib have arrived at her village? The way there from Ramallah now passes through a “fabric of life” road, as the IDF terms the route that was carved out for the Palestinians, who are prevented from using Highway 443. It’s not likely that the armed soldier at the checkpoint-exit from the expansive 443 would agree to open the passage for the unwanted congresswoman. She would have to use the “fabric of life” route instead. To get to the house adjacent to Highway 443, we too had to take a circuitous route, through the local villages of Bil’in, Safa and Lower Beit Ur.

      Upper Beit Ur is the smaller of the two Beit Urs, with 1,200 residents and another 600 living in exile abroad. Whoever was able to leave, including Rashida’s parents, left for the United States or Brazil. Her mother is a native of the village and her father hails from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

      Highway 443’s chokehold on the village, and construction of the settlement of Beit Horon in its very backyard, crushed Upper Beit Ur. Lower Beit Ur is larger, with a population of about 5,000, most of them well-off, to judge by their homes. Many of the signs here are in English: Al Huda Pharmacy, Power House Gym and Hamooda’s general store. Almost like America. The taxis here are yellow, too, as they are throughout the West Bank. Yellow is also the color of the metal gate at the entrance to the road that goes from Bil’in to Upper Beit Ur.

      For the information of lawmaker Tlaib and her constituents: Most of the roads in the West Bank start and end with a yellow metal gate. That’s how Israel controls the territory. Within minutes a siege can be imposed anywhere. And the congresswoman might also like to know that there are two types of license plates here. The yellow ones are for Israeli or East Jerusalem vehicles, which are allowed to travel freely in both the West Bank and Israel proper; the white ones are for Palestinian vehicles, which are authorized to use only the roads designated for them, and in any event cannot enter Israel. Not to drive to the seashore, which is half an hour from here, not to see beautiful Jaffa and not to pray at the holy Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem. How many Americans know that?

      Highway 443, next to the Tlaibs’ residence, is the second main highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In America it would probably be called a freeway, but here it’s hardly free. It’s a separation road, which runs through the territory of the occupied and is intended exclusively for the use of the occupier. It was born in sin – the sin of expropriating the land of the local villages, including that of Upper Beit Ur – and it grew into an even bigger sin: the sin of its closure to Palestinians.

      A brief history: In order to build this highway, Israel expropriated about 200 dunams (50 acres) of land from Upper Beit Ur in the late 1980s. The villagers petitioned the High Court of Justice against the expropriation. The court rejected their arguments, the state claiming that “the road is needed for the Palestinian population in the area and is therefore being built for its needs, based on the military commander’s obligation to the local population.”

      In practice, the road cut the village off from about 1,700 dunams of its own lands, which were now on the western side of the highway. Afterward, the authorities planned to build another road, between the Ben Shemen youth village and the Ofer military base; it was never built, but the plan itself entailed more land expropriation from the village, in addition to bans on construction by its residents. All told, Upper Beit Ur lost about 450 dunams of land to the two roads – the one that was built and the one that wasn’t.

      Then the second intifada broke out, in late 2000, and Highway 443 was closed completely to Palestinian vehicles, following shooting attacks there. Since 2002, it has been a road for Israelis only. The fact that its construction was authorized by the High Court of Justice solely because of the sanctimonious claim that it was being built for the Palestinians and was intended to serve them, was of course forgotten. The local villages were cut off from their district capital.

      Subsequently the occupier’s heart went out to the locals and a “fabric of life” road was built – on the village’s property, of course. For that, another 120 dunams were taken from Upper Beit Ur. Dror Etkes, an expert on settlements from the Kerem Navot organization, which monitors Israeli land policy in the West Bank, this week tweeted the chain of events for the congresswoman who didn’t visit. He noted that, “Frankly Upper Beit Ur is far from being a village which suffers the worst from Israel’s occupation and Israel’s settlements related land-grab machine. It’s just ‘another village’ in this sense.” Etkes then invited Rep. Tlaib to visit, adding, “We’ll be here.”

      On December 29, 2009, the High Court of Justice ruled in favor of a petition filed against the plan to block the highway to Palestinians. Three (maybe two) cheers for the enlightened justices. The IDF then set up two checkpoints alongside Highway 443 and added two exits from the road, equipped with cameras and spikes, and it ceased to be an apartheid highway. Very funny. The only way to travel on Highway 443, when coming from Upper Beit Ur, is to drive west in the direction of the village of Beit Sira; a short stretch of the road there is open to Palestinians. But that’s it. The way to Ramallah or Jerusalem remained blocked to the Palestinians long after the intifada shooting attacks stopped. The checkpoints remain unused and the High Court ruling remains ridiculous. No Palestinian would want to pass through the checkpoints just to travel the short distance to Beit Sira. In any event, Israeli traffic cops will stop any Palestinian who’s making the short trip and look for all kinds of reasons to give him a ticket – a burned-out lightbulb in the glove compartment, say – as a means of harassment, to discourage him from using the road again in the future.

      As a result, Highway 443 has reverted to what it was, an unambiguously segregationist road, with villages locked in on both sides, a fence, checkpoints and the home of the grandmother of a congresswoman from Michigan that overlooks the road from zero range. If Tlaib had been permitted to visit, maybe the Americans would have seen what’s happening on the roads of their ally, the only democracy in the Middle East. Maybe that’s why she was initially banned.

      According to a sign here, the German government helped develop the villages’ roads. Upper Beit Ur is a very handsome place, with many spacious homes and landscaped gardens. The Tlaibs’ diwan – a gathering place for special occasions – is located next to the village cemetery. Probably this is where Rashida would have met with the villagers, or possibly have convened a press conference. Instead, she held a press conference this week in Minnesota, together with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from that state, who was also refused entry to Israel. Tlaib burst into tears when she related how, in her youth, she had seen her grandmother humiliated before her eyes at these checkpoints.

      Sitting nearby under what’s known as an “American” almond tree and drinking coffee is Zaharan Zaharan. This is his property, he has prepared it for building, but the Palestinian Authority warned him to drop the construction plans, because Israel will demolish whatever he builds because of its location in Area B (joint Israeli-Palestinian administration) of the West Bank. He paid 50,000 shekels ($14,200) for a bulldozer to level the ground and another 4,500 shekels for surveying and design – and it’s all gone down the drain. Zaharan has already lost 14 dunams to Highway 443 and a “fabric of life” road, and he doesn’t have much left. Sixty of his relatives live in Brazil.

      “Highway 443 ruined us,” he says sadly.

      Below, the separation barrier winds its way through the valley – it too wasn’t here the last time Tlaib visited. She needs to show its route, too – deep inside occupied territory – to her voters. And Beit Horon as well, the settlement that invaded the heart of Upper Beit Ur.

      We’re driving along the wall that surrounds the settlement, which is high and haughty and estranged from the village within which it grew wildly. Rep. Tlaib would undoubtedly have come here, too, on her roots journey. The road is empty. It leads only Upper Beit Ur’s high school, founded in 1955, long before most of Beit Horon’s settlers were even born. It’s summer vacation now, and the old, well-kept stone building and the large yard are deserted. This co-ed school serves the children of Upper Beit Ur and of A-Tira, located on the other side of Highway 443.

      The children of A-Tira used to get to school through a narrow, dark, head-high concrete tunnel that passes under the road. Now the steps leading to the tunnel are blocked by barbed wire; in its place is a bypass route, a long road for walkers. A fig tree that has yielded its fruit overshadows the entrance to the tunnel. Yet another recommended site for the legislator to visit.

      A Rome Pizza box lies on the road, probably from the settlement above it. Welcome to Binyamin, the sign above us on the expressway says, referring to the biblical name of this part of the West Bank, as the Israelis zoom by as if it were their country.

  • Les élues américaines Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib non grata en Israël
    Par Guillaume Gendron — 15 août 2019 à 20:56

    Faut-il les empêcher d’entrer ? La question a accaparé ondes et pixels toute la journée de jeudi en Israël, à deux jours de l’arrivée prévue de deux élues démocrates américaines, farouches opposantes à Donald Trump et partisanes résolues de la cause palestinienne. Finalement, le Premier ministre, Benyamin Nétanyahou, a tranché. « Nous n’autoriserons pas ceux qui nient notre droit à exister dans ce monde à entrer en Israël », a annoncé sa vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères. Ainsi Ilhan Omar, députée du Minnesota, et Rashida Tlaib, du Michigan, sont officiellement persona non grata.

    Accusées « de provocations et de promotion du BDS [Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions ; un mouvement international de boycott d’Israël pour mettre fin à l’occupation, ndlr] », ces deux figures de l’aile gauche du Parti démocrate étaient interdites de mettre un pied sur le tarmac de l’aéroport Ben-Gourion, à Tel-Aviv, d’où elles comptaient rallier les Territoires palestiniens, dont la visite était tout l’enjeu de leur venue, présentée comme « une délégation du Congrès dans les Territoires occupés de Palestine ». Les deux femmes devaient sillonner la Cisjordanie du 18 au 22 août, de Bethléem à Hébron, en passant par Ramallah, afin de « voir l’occupation de leurs propres yeux et ce que l’argent américain finance réellement en Israël », selon une personnalité impliquée dans le déplacement avorté. Une visite de l’hypersensible site de l’esplanade des Mosquées était au programme pour les deux premières musulmanes au Congrès.

    Pour justifier sa décision, le gouvernement israélien invoque un amendement voté à la Knesset en 2018, qui enjoint le ministère de l’Intérieur à refuser l’entrée de tout étranger ayant « publiquement appelé au boycott de l’Etat d’Israël ». C’est la première fois que cet arsenal législatif, dont la Cour suprême a déjà cassé plusieurs des tentatives d’application, est utilisé contre des élus d’un pays allié d’Israël.

    Jeudi dans la soirée, le cabinet du Premier ministre a toutefois fait savoir que Rashida Tlaib, d’origine palestinienne, pourrait recevoir un simple « visa humanitaire » pour rencontrer ses grands-parents et sa belle-famille, résidents d’un village de Cisjordanie, à condition de promettre ne pas « promouvoir le boycott d’Israël ». Ilhan Omar, elle, reste bannie. « Un affront », a-t-elle dénoncé jeudi soir dans un communiqué. (...)

    #Ilhan_Omar #Rashida_Tlaib

    • Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib réagissent à l’interdiction d’entrer en Israël
      16 août 2019 à 07:42 - dernière modification 16 août 2019 à 09:45

      Les membres du Congrès, Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib, ont tous deux répondu jeudi soir à l’annonce de leur interdiction d’entrer en Israël, avant leur visite prévue dans le pays.

      « Que le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou, sous la pression de Donald Trump, refuse l’entrée (en Israël et dans les Territoires palestiniens) de deux représentantes de l’Etat américain, représente un affront », a-t-elle écrit sur Twitter.

      « Refuser l’entrée en Israël limite non seulement notre capacité à apprendre des Israéliens, mais également à entrer dans les territoires palestiniens, ce qui n’est malheureusement pas une surprise, étant donné les positions publiques du Premier ministre Netanyahou, qui a toujours résisté aux efforts de paix », a-t-elle ajouté.

      « L’ironie c’est que la ‘seule démocratie’ au Moyen Orient prend une telle décision. C’est à la fois une insulte aux valeurs démocratiques et une réponse effrayante à la visite de responsables gouvernementaux d’un pays allié », a-t-elle encore dit.

      Rashida Tlaib a également réagi jeudi à l’interdiction israélienne, qualifiant le mouvement de signe de faiblesse.

      « Cette femme ici, c’est ma raison d’être », a écrit Tlaib sur Twitter avec une photo de sa grand-mère.

      « Elle mérite de vivre en paix et dans la dignité humaine. Je suis ce que je suis à cause d’elle. La décision prise par Israël d’interdire à sa petite-fille, une femme du Congrès américain, (d’entrer en Israël) est un signe de faiblesse parce que la vérité sur ce qui arrive aux Palestiniens est effrayante », a-t-elle insisté.


    • Israël interdit à Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib de se rendre en visite en Israël
      15 août 2019

      (...) Tom Malinowski, membre du Congrès du New Jersey, a qualifié cette décision de « irrespectueuse envers le Congrès » et a déclaré que lors d’un voyage multipartite du Congrès en Israël la semaine dernière, des fonctionnaires leur ont assuré que leurs collègues seraient autorisés à se rendre en Israël.

      D’abord, il dit à la députée Tlaib de « retourner » dans « son » pays, puis il dit à ce pays de ne pas la laisser entrer ", s’est-il indigné sur Twitter, en faisant référence aux commentaires de M. Trump.

      La sénatrice et candidate à la présidence du Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, a qualifié de « honteuse » et de « sans précédent » cette initiative contre un membre du Congrès américain.

    • Israël interdit la visite de Rashida Tlaib et Ilhan Omar, élues américaines et adversaires de Trump

      Le président américain avait encouragé Israël à leur interdire l’entrée sur son territoire, affirmant qu’elles « détestent Israël et tous les juifs ».

      Le Monde avec AFP Publié hier à 16h56, mis à jour hier à 20h45

    • Israel approves Rashida Tlaib petition to enter ’on humanitarian grounds’ to visit grandmother
      Noa Landau | Aug. 16, 2019 | 11:53 AM

      Israel has decided to approve a petition by U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to enter Israel on ’humanitarian grounds’ so she may visit her Palestinian grandmother, the Interior Ministry announced Friday, this after it barred her from entering the country due to her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

      In a letter she sent to Interior Minister Arye Dery, Tlaib wrote that she is requesting approval to visit Israel “in order to visit relatives, especially my grandmother who is in her nineties, and lives in Beit Ur al-Fauqa. This may be my last opportunity to see her.”

      Dery’s bureau released a statement Friday morning saying that Tlaib’s request was approved. “Tlaib sent a letter last night to Minister Dery, in which she promised to hold to Israel’s requests, respect the limitations put on her for the visit and also affirmed that she would not promote the boycott against Israel during her visit.” Dery expressed hope that “she will stand by her obligations and the visit will be for humanitarian means alone.”

      Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed his decision Thursday to let Tlaib and fellow BDS-supporting congresswoman Ilhan Omar into Israel. After the decision was made, the Michigan congresswoman uploaded a picture of her grandmother to Twitter and wrote “The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. congresswoman, is a sign of weakness because the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.”

      Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote Friday morning that Tlaib’s request must be approved “mainly in light of the need to respect Israeli law and not to advance the boycott against us.” Erdan, who does not have the authority to make that decision, did tweet that the decision to ban the two congresswomen from entering Israel was “correct and just” because of their support for the boycott movement.

      Netanyahu decided to deny Tlaib and Omar entry to Israel after Trump said that “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.” The policy reversal was justificed by the claim that their visit intends to “strengthen the boycott and invalidate Israel’s legitimacy.”

      Last month, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer announced that Tlaib and Omar would be allowed to enter the country: “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America”, his government would not deny entry “to any member of Congress."

    • Israël autorisera la visite de l’élue américaine Rashida Tlaib au motif d’une « visite humanitaire »
      16 août 2019 à 11:15 - dernière modification 16 août 2019 à 11:37

      Les autorités israéliennes vont autoriser l’entrée sur leur territoire à l’élue démocrate américaine Rashida Tlaib pour motif « humanitaire », a indiqué vendredi le ministre de l’Intérieur.

      Israël avait annoncé la veille avoir interdit la visite de Mme Tlaib et d’une autre élue américaine Ilhan Omar en raison de leur soutien au mouvement de boycott de l’Etat hébreu et à la suite d’une demande du président Donald Trump.

      Mais le ministre Arié Dery a décidé vendredi d’autoriser l’entrée de Mme Tlaib « pour une visite humanitaire à sa grande-mère ». Rashida Tlaib a aussi « promis de ne pas faire avancer la cause du boycott contre Israël durant son séjour », selon un communiqué du ministre.
      Mais dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, Rashida Tlaib a écrit aux autorités israéliennes pour leur demander de pouvoir visiter sa famille, et plus particulièrement sa grand-mère, qui vit dans le village de Beit Ur al-Fauqa, près de Ramallah, en Cisjordanie occupée.

      « Il pourrait s’agir de ma dernière chance de pouvoir lui rendre visite », a fait valoir l’élue américaine dans sa lettre mise en ligne.



      WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2019) – In response to the Israeli government’s decision to prevent Representatives Tlaib and Omar from entering the country, Democratic Majority for Israel Co-Chair Ann Lewis, and President and CEO Mark Mellman, issued the following statement:

      “While we disagree strongly with the anti-Israel, and in some instances antisemitic, views articulated by Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar, and while we were disturbed to learn that their planned itinerary was completely unbalanced, there is simply no excuse for any country, including Israel, to prevent travel by elected officials of the United States. Unfortunately, the Government of Israel was both wrong and unwise to reverse their earlier decision to allow these elected Members of Congress to visit the country. (...)


    • Rashida Tlaib


      My sity wanted to pick figs w/ me. I broke down reading this & worry every single day after I won for my family’s safety. My cousin was texting me which photo of @IlhanMN & I they should put on a welcoming poster when I heard the news. I couldn’t tell her.


      When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.


      When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.


      DETROIT – Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) released the following statement regarding travel to Israel and Palestine:
      August 16, 2019. Press Release

      "In my attempt to visit Palestine, I’ve experienced the same racist treatment that many Palestinian-Americans endure when encountering the Israeli government. In preparation for my visit, my grandmother was deciding which fig tree we would pick from together, while Palestinians and Israelis who are against the illegal military occupation were looking forward to Members of Congress finally listening to and seeing them for the first time. The Israeli government used my love and desire to see my grandmother to silence me and made my ability to do so contingent upon my signing a letter – reflecting just how undemocratic and afraid they are of the truth my trip would reveal about what is happening in the State of Israel and to Palestinians living under occupation with United States support.

      “I have therefore decided to not travel to Palestine and Israel at this time. Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart. Silencing me with treatment to make me feel less-than is not what she wants for me – it would kill a piece of me that always stands up against racism and injustice. (...)

      Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Decision to Deny Her Entry into Israel
      August 15, 2019
      Press Release


    • La famille de Rashida Tlaib pas surprise par les obstacles érigés par Israël à sa venue en Cisjordanie
      Les proches de la première femme d’origine palestinienne à être élue au Congrès américain se préparent depuis juillet à la venue de celle en qui ils voient un espoir pour la cause de leur peuple
      Par Shatha Hammad
      – BEIT UR AL-FAWQA, Cisjordanie occupée
      Date de publication : Vendredi 16 août 2019 - 09:35


      (...) Rashida a passé la majeure partie de sa vie aux États-Unis, se rendant en Palestine chaque été.

      C’est dans la maison de ses grands-parents que les célébrations de son mariage, en 1997, ont commencé. La grand-mère de Rashida, Muftiya, qui, avec l’âge, a perdu la plus grande partie de son audition, a déclaré à MEE que ce qui la rendait le plus heureuse était la possibilité que Rashida cueille des figues directement sur les arbres du jardin de son grand-père.

      « Je suis tellement fière d’elle. J’ai fait les préparatifs pour sa cérémonie de remise des diplômes au lycée, puis pour son diplôme universitaire et, aujourd’hui, nous célébrerons son élection au Congrès », déclarait Muftiya à MEE en début de semaine.

      Jeudi après-midi, Bassam, l’oncle de Rashida, a indiqué à MEE que la famille n’avait pas encore informé Muftiya de l’interdiction prononcée à l’encontre de sa petite-fille, craignant que cela n’affecte sa santé.

      « Nous ne sommes pas surpris par cette décision », a-t-il ajouté. « Nous nous attendions à ce que l’occupation lui interdise d’entrer en Palestine à tout moment. » (...)

  • Israël s’apprêterait à autoriser Omar et Tlaib à visiter le mont du Temple
    Par Times of Israel Staff - 15 août 2019

    Les autorités israéliennes se prépareraient à la possibilité que les élues du Congrès Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib visitent le mont du Temple à Jérusalem lors de leur déplacement dans le pays, a rapporté mercredi la Treizième chaîne.

    La date précise de leur venue n’a pas été confirmée, bien que le site d’information Axios ait indiqué mercredi qu’elles arriveraient vendredi.

    D’après la Treizième chaîne, une « réunion secrète » sur le sujet a eu lieu récemment au Conseil de sécurité nationale israélien, dirigé par le conseiller adjoint à la sécurité nationale, Reuven Azar. (...)

    Netanyahu appears poised to block Omar, Tlaib from entering Israel ahead of a planned weekend visit
    By Ruth Eglash and John Hudson - August 15 at 6:33 AM

    JERUSALEM — A forthcoming trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) will possibly be blocked by Israel in its current proposed format, a senior Israeli government official told The Washington Post on Thursday.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, the official said that if Tlaib, an American of Palestinian heritage, made a special humanitarian request to visit her family in the occupied West Bank, then “it would be considered favorably.”

    Omar and Tlaib, who have both been outspoken critics of Israel and support a boycott movement against the country, are slated to arrive Sunday. Their trip is being planned by Miftah, a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker and longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi.

    Denying entry for Omar and Tlaib would likely deepen the divide between the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Democrats, who have privately said such moves are not emblematic of a country that prides itself as a democracy tolerant of political expression.

    Israel May Backtrack on Allowing Omar, Tlaib to Enter Over BDS Endorsement
    U.S. assessments indicate turnabout may be inspired by pressure from White House
    Noa Landau - Aug 15, 2019 2:03 PM

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may decide to bar Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country for a visit they are expected to begin on Saturday, Israeli officials told Haaretz.

    The officials said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held consultations on Wednesday with the country’s foreign minister, interior minister, National Security Council chief and attorney general, but has yet to decide.

    A senior Israeli official familiar with the deliberations said that at the moment, Netanyahu is weighing denying a political visit by the two, but may allow Tlaib — who has family in the West Bank – enter in order to see her relatives there.

    The Washington Post reported Thursday that Netanyahu’s government informed congressional leaders, who are currently in Israel, that it would formally announce the two would be denied entry due to their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

    #Ilhan_Omar #Rashida_Tlaib

  • Tlaib and Omar’s planned West Bank trip embroils Israel in Trump’s battle with ‘the squad’ - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

    Netanyahu’s decision to allow the congresswomen entry into the country shines spotlight on Israeli ’travel ban’ on BDS activists
    Allison Kaplan Sommer | Jul 20, 2019 3:48 AM

    There’s bad news for American Jews who are already deeply uncomfortable with the fact that Israel is playing a role in the confrontation between progressive congresswomen known as “The Squad” and U.S. President Donald Trump. Things don’t look like they are going to get any better, in what is shaping up to be a long, hot summer.

    Trump has turned the Jewish community into a political football with his repeated characterization of the group of four congresswomen - particularly Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar – as anti-Semites who hate Israel. The charge is echoed by Trump’s allies and defenders in the Republican Party seeking to deflect the charge that Trump himself is a racist.

    Posturing as a defender of Israel is a message that appeals to right-wing pro-Israel evangelical voters while deliberately pushing a sensitive button that undermines unity in the Democratic Party. In Trump’s now-infamous North Carolina rally, he singled out Omar - pointing to her “history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds” and accusing her of hating both America and Israel. His supporters in return chanted “send her back,” echoed the message of his tweet earlier in the week, telling members of “The Squad” to “go back” where they came from.

    At the same time that all this was playing out, the groundwork was being laid for a new confrontation - one that will take place in Israel. Omar revealed midweek that she had introduced a bill in Congress opposing “unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad," pushing back against anti-BDS legislation that was poised for a vote. Her bill was widely applauded by the Palestinian boycott, sanctions and divestment movement.

    On the same day Omar told a journalist that she planned to be in Israel and the West Bank “within the next few weeks” – in her words, to learn about the “occupation.” She will presumably be joining “Squad” fellow Rashida Tlaib.

    Travel ban

    For more than three years, Netanyahu’s government has vigorously pursued a policy of barring BDS activists from the country. Dissatisfied with existing laws that gave wide latitude to authorities to deny entry to those it deemed unacceptable, legislation was created to make the policy explicit. The “travel ban” law was passed in March 2017, banning the entry of any person “who knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel that, given the content of the call and the circumstances in which it was issued, has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott – if the issuer was aware of this possibility.”

    Over the past few years, the government has used these powers on multiple occasions to refuse entry to a variety of people, even compiling a formal blacklist of organizations whose leaders would be barred from coming to Israel or the West Bank.

    Whether or not Omar and Tlaib would be allowed entry into Israel and the West Bank would be determined by no less than Prime Minister Netanyahu, Haaretz reported on Thursday. And on Friday, Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer said the two congresswomen will be allowed entry, “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.”

    Do Tlaib and Omar qualify to be barred under Israeli law? Tlaib has gone on record as supporting BDS, telling the Intercept “I personally support the BDS movement,” saying that boycotting draws attention to “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.” Omar said that she believed in and supported the BDS movement, shortly after she was elected to Congress last year.

    These statements alone might not have been seen as “a public call for boycotting Israel” which “has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott."

    But in light of the new House bill, one could argue that they have moved from merely verbally supporting BDS to taking action that will make boycotting possible and help block legislation that would prevent it.

    Yad Vashem

    The timing is deeply charged for the Israeli leader. When the two congresswomen arrive “in a few weeks” the Israeli prime minister will be less than a month away from the fateful September 17 national election, where he is fighting to win a fifth term as leader.

    Currently, Netanyahu’s political prospects are worrisome, with polls suggesting that he may fail to assemble a ruling coalition, just as he failed to do so after last April’s elections.

    Some of Trump’s supporters in Israel - including the leader of Republicans Abroad in Israel - urged Netanyahu to refuse Tlaib and Omar entry. That would have won him much-needed support on his right flank, while scoring points with President Donald Trump.

    But to forbid any members of the U.S. Congress - let alone the first two Muslim women ever to serve - would have been unprecedented. It would have been a wrecking ball to bipartisan support of Israel, further alienating the bulk of U.S. Jewry, who identify as Democrats. In addition to the diplomatic ramifications, Netanyahu would also be denying the first Palestinian-American woman congresswoman the ability to visit her grandmother and her family in the West Bank, a move which would play into the hands of those who wish to paint Israel as a heartless violator of human rights.

    Netanyahu could instead turn the tables by rolling out the welcome mat and inviting them to meet with him, offering to bring them to Yad Vashem to heighten their sensitivity to the Holocaust. If they refuse, he can score points as being on the side interested in dialogue and reconciliation.

    Hot summer

    The precise dates and circumstances of the upcoming visits are still unclear. Tlaib had originally envisioned her trip as a large-scale congressional visit, painting it as an alternative to the major AIPAC trips to Israel for freshmen congressmen during the August recess. This year’s trip for Democrats, led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, is set to arrive in the first week of August. The Republican delegation is set to arrive a week later.

    Last December, Tlaib excitedly unveiled plans for her alternative congressional delegation, which she hoped would enable her colleagues “to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region,” asserting that she doesn’t believe “AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided.” The Israel lobby’s “lavish trips to Israel,” she said, “don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”

    As of last week, her plan appears to be in trouble as the group that was supposed to organize the trip announced it was dropping out, citing “scheduling conflicts."

    But even if Tlaib and Omar do not travel as part of a “CODEL” - an official congressional delegation paid for by the federal government, they are free to visit as part of a private trip.

    Whether they come individually, together, joined by other members of the “squad” or beyond, they now know that they can come. Tlaib has already said that she is “really, really” excited to visit her family in the West Bank and that she plans to bring her sons along.

    #Ilhan_Omar #Rashida_Tlaib #BDS

    • Netanyahou décidera si Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib pourront entrer en Israël
      jeudi 18 juillet 2019 , Noa Landau, Haaretz, Traduit de l’anglais original par l’AFPS

      Le ministre des Affaires étrangères peut faire une exception à la loi qui interdit l’accès au pays aux partisans de BDS. Mais, sujet sensible oblige, la décision reviendra finalement au Premier ministre.

      Les députées américaines Ilhan Omar et Rashida Tlaib prévoient de venir en Israël et en Cisjordanie dans les semaines qui viennent. Ce sera au Premier ministre lui-même de trancher s’il leur accordera le droit d’entrer dans le pays malgré leurs appels à soutenir la campagne BDS. (...)

  • Rashida Tlaib Plans to Lead Delegation to Palestine
    Alex Kane, Lee Fang | December 3 2018

    Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, belongs to a cohort of incoming members of Congress who’ve vowed to upend the status quo — even on third-rail issues in Washington like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To that end, Tlaib is planning to lead a congressional delegation to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, she told The Intercept. Her planned trip is a swift rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby group.

    The AIPAC trips are among the lesser-known traditions for freshman members of Congress. They’re typically scheduled during the first August recess in every legislative session and feature a weeklong tour of Israel and meetings with leading Israeli figures in business, government, and the military. Both critics and proponents of the AIPAC freshmen trip say the endeavor is incredibly influential, providing House members with a distinctly pro-Israel viewpoint on complex controversies in the region. In recent years, the Democratic tour has been led by incoming Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Incoming Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., traditionally leads the Republican trip. (...)


    • Et affiche son soutien au mouvement BDS :

      Tlaib’s challenge to AIPAC isn’t limited to leading a separate trip to the region. In her interview with The Intercept, she for the first time came out in support of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, the movement known as BDS that seeks to punish Israel over its human rights abuses.

      “I personally support the BDS movement,” said Tlaib. She added that economic boycotts are a way to bring attention to “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.”

  • Opinion | The New Socialists - The New York Times

    Throughout most of American history, the idea of socialism has been a hopeless, often vaguely defined dream. So distant were its prospects at midcentury that the best definition Irving Howe and Lewis Coser, editors of the socialist periodical Dissent, could come up with in 1954 was this: “Socialism is the name of our desire.”

    That may be changing. Public support for socialism is growing. Self-identified socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are making inroads into the Democratic Party, which the political analyst Kevin Phillips once called the “second-most enthusiastic capitalist party” in the world. Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country, is skyrocketing, especially among young people.

    What explains this irruption? And what do we mean, in 2018, when we talk about “socialism”?

    Another part of the story is less accidental. Since the 1970s, American liberals have taken a right turn on the economy. They used to champion workers and unions, high taxes, redistribution, regulation and public services. Now they lionize billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, deregulate wherever possible, steer clear of unions except at election time and at least until recently, fight over how much to cut most people’s taxes.

    Liberals, of course, argue that they are merely using market-friendly tools like tax cuts and deregulation to achieve things like equitable growth, expanded health care and social justice — the same ends they always have pursued. For decades, left-leaning voters have gone along with that answer, even if they didn’t like the results, for lack of an alternative.

    It took Mr. Sanders to convince them that if tax credits and insurance exchanges are the best liberals have to offer to men and women struggling to make stagnating wages pay for bills that skyrocket and debt that never dissipates, maybe socialism is worth a try.

    Like the great transformative presidents, today’s socialist candidates reach beyond the parties to target a malignant social form: for Abraham Lincoln, it was the slavocracy; for Franklin Roosevelt, it was the economic royalists. The great realigners understood that any transformation of society requires a confrontation not just with the opposition but also with the political economy that underpins both parties. That’s why realigners so often opt for a language that neither party speaks. For Lincoln in the 1850s, confronting the Whigs and the Democrats, that language was free labor. For leftists in the 2010s, confronting the Republicans and the Democrats, it’s socialism.

    To critics in the mainstream and further to the left, that language can seem slippery. With their talk of Medicare for All or increasing the minimum wage, these socialist candidates sound like New Deal or Great Society liberals. There’s not much discussion, yet, of classic socialist tenets like worker control or collective ownership of the means of production.

    #Politique_USA #Bernie_Sanders #Alexandria_Ocasio_Cortez #Rashida_Tlaib

  • #expulsions_frontières (d’israel)

    avec une petite recherche rapide et en français sur internet (en anglais avec « denied entry » on en trouve plein d’autres comme :
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/04/27/these-accounts-from-arab-americans-show-why-an-israeli-visa-waiver-p )

    Mohamed Omer, 2008

    Edvige, 2008

    Anne-Claire Delmas, 2008

    Richard Falk, rapporteur de l’ONU, 2008

    Isabelle Martin, 2009

    124 militants, 2011

    Juan Marmot, 2012

    Gary Spedding, 2014

    Maria Angela Holguin, ministre colombienne 2014

    Rashida Manjoo, rapporteur de l’ONU, 2015

    Mohamed Kadri et Soraya Misleh, 2015

    Philomène Constant et Bastien Anthoine, 2015

    Jalys Chibout, 2015

    Blade Nzimande, ministre sud-africain, 2015

    #Palestine #Expulsion #Aéroport #Racisme #Douane #Frontière