Let Omar and Tlaib into Israel

Even hypocrites and bigots should be allowed free passage in democratic nations.



There is so much hypocrisy in the fury over Israel’s ban on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entering the country.

These Democratic congresswomen and ‘Squad’ members, alongside a great many of their woke supporters, back the BDS movement against Israel.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a bigoted outfit. It singles out the Jewish State for censure and boycotting in a way that is not applied to any other state, including states that have done far worse things in the Middle East in recent years than Israel has.

And one of the things BDS does is try to exclude Israeli products, ideas and people from polluting – as BDS agitators see it – Western institutions. They say they are boycotting Israeli institutions, not Israeli people. But this is a nonsense distinction. In practice, this still means Israeli academics, artists and representatives are singled out for protest and pressure is put on their hosts to shun them.

If they do manage to get here they are greeted by hostile, jeering crowds whose message can be summed up as: ‘Why are you foul people, you people of evil nationality, in my country?’

For such bigots to complain about Israel’s refusal to allow two Americans to visit and engage in political activities speaks to an alarming lack of self-awareness or shame. (It is now reported that Tlaib will be allowed into Israel to visit her grandmother.)

And yet for all the woke lobby’s hypocrisy, Israel is wrong – very wrong – to seek to exclude these two politicians.

A democratic nation should not enforce such stringent moral and political conditions on who may visit its shores.

Just as it is wrong for the UK or Australia to ban certain people because of their views – as they frequently do, often with the support of those leftists currently berating Israel – so it is wrong for Israel to do it.

Israel is essentially trying to use Omar and Tlaib’s intolerant tactics against them. But this is a dead-end. It would send a far more powerful message if Israel refused to engage in tit-for-tat boycotting and banning and instead embraced openness.

So let them in. Let them say what they have to say. And let the rest of us continue arguing that anyone who backs the censorious, racist BDS movement hasn’t got a leg to stand on when it comes to complaining about censorship.

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Thomas Smith

20th August 2019 at 1:46 pm

This is just about the last straw, upon reflection. One wonders what your attitude might have been if MLK was still alive, and attacked Trump’s xenophobia and bigotry. You sniveling little rat accomplices for the Right Wing! You would have condemned, MLK, too, for “bigotry,” “intolerance,” and “wokedom.” I hate “woke,” but sticking up for the Palestinians against these Zionist bastards, who regularly invite fascists IN to Israel, has little or nothing to do with being “woke.” If Omar and Tlaib are woke, intolerant, and bigoted, then so was MLK. You people used to be so smart, when you were “Living Marxism.” Now you have become putrid, no-guts Centrists looking for a salary. You remind me of Andrew Johnson. Given the choice between the slaveowners, and the slaves, he ultimately came crawling to support the slaveowners. You’ve been given the choice between the Squad and a creep like Trump, and you are picking Trump. Truly, disgusting.

Chis Marley

18th August 2019 at 1:33 am

Love is more powerful than hate otherwise we wouldn’t be here. Hey ho Birthstrike are sorting that now. Now what was the crime that the Roman laws designated punishment was to be tied up in a sack with hungry monkey and bad tempered snake? It cant have been veganism because starving to death was deemed unsightly even in Rome, I seem to remember it was something to do with being rather mean to your parents. This was well before JC so of course the senate pay no heed to the innocence or other of the monkey because monkeys could never become Consul. Thats why Calligula could justify the appointment of his horse. There was no shortage of snakes in Rome. They were called senators whose blood could only be kept warm with liberal applications of Gold. It has to be said….I wouldnt pray for the second coming of Christ….we should all prey for the second coming of Julius Caesar Imperitor …
dont follow leaders, marry your parking meters…..seriously it may be last laugh we get

Bear Mac Mathun

18th August 2019 at 12:51 am

This is all very confusing. Ms Tlaib and her grandmother are not Israeli citizens, neither lives in Israel, neither has any criminal conviction or pending charges. However, they have to obtain permission from the Israeli government to meet outside of Israel? What sort of perverse situation is this?

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 3:28 am

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:34 pm

I awoke this morning singing like an angel purely b/c of the Irish Republicans and that is WHY they will always be dearer to me than the Brutish State.


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:46 pm

Love one another and smoke senisimilia


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 10:27 pm

Smoke sensimelia and love one another


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 10:51 pm

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 11:02 pm

I is the STAR of the county down, all ye Irish surround me and follow me and we will ALL be FREE when the sun rises.


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 8:02 pm

B and Rod are mouthing off at Friends House, every word will be examined for its drift, you can both be sure of that. Maybe you should stick to Sky News?

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 8:22 pm

Every word needs to chosen and backed up. Go ahead and have a riot, whether the “holy” modern-day “descendants” of the Puritans like it or not. Just be aware of what forum you are stepping into.


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 8:48 pm

We would all like to tell them that they are moralistic posers and morons but you have to be more articulate than that.


Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 8:53 pm

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:00 pm

We is fully willing to criticise the Arab state BUT if you are not then you is a Zio plain and simple and our attention turns to you. That is just how it is.

Do not fear the rEAPER.


Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 9:01 pm

…as is ur prerogative when ur making em’ up as you go along.


Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:03 pm

Is / real

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:04 pm

* ??

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:07 pm

British State, I have already said how I FEEL about things and the odds may be that one day, once upon a sunny day, you are going to have reckon with how I/ we REALLY FEEL about things. When you do, you have already fallen. We fully understand WHO and WHAT you are.

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 9:12 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 9:14 pm

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 9:14 pm

F the British State. Come and fight with me.


Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 9:21 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 11:16 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 11:38 pm

Winston Stanley

17th August 2019 at 12:40 am

“…as is ur prerogative when ur making em’ up as you go along.”

That is how I like to do it. I make it up as I go along – either that or someone else does.

Winston Stanley

17th August 2019 at 12:52 am

Final one, starting to sober up


Winston Stanley

17th August 2019 at 12:00 am

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 12:16 am

Aww, shucks. You say the nicest things sometimes..


Winston Stanley

17th August 2019 at 12:17 am

“The EU is like lsd, you can check out but you can never leave.” Little do they know, one checks out and one is still entirely there. Everything has changed and yet everything stays the same, and yet we remained checked out.


Winston Stanley

17th August 2019 at 12:58 am

“Tonight’s session is tomorrow’s chip paper.” : )

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 4:29 am

“Sort the virtue-signallers, and find the wavelength”

This one’s dedicated to Vlad Pekic and the Destroyer’s.


Thomas Smith

16th August 2019 at 5:40 pm

What great advice you give–to a bourgeois, bigoted, intolerant racist theocratic regime. You people should go into business doing this. You could make a lot of money. Perhaps you already are.

Thomas Smith

16th August 2019 at 10:34 pm

Oh, poor little plucky Israel. It can’t get away with ethnic cleansing, like any other healthy colonial settler state. Those big bad bigoted lady-bullies in the Squad have the gall to criticize poor little Israel. How anti-Semitic can you get?
Please stop this godawful whinging.

Mark Lambert

16th August 2019 at 4:18 pm

The awful thing about this, if you stand back and observe dispassionately, is that ancient religious hatred in alive and well.

These two simply have that ancient hatred. And it’s wormed its way into high politics, not only in the US, but obviously in the UK also.

steve moxon

16th August 2019 at 4:16 pm

Let’s not.
‘PC’-totalitarian bigots need their bigotry to rebound on them.
They will not even begin to learn otherwise.
For every ton of faeces they need one dumped on THEM.
Better: for every ton, ten tons.
‘identity politics’ lunatic fascists have nowhere to go, so will continue going exponential. Merely eye for an eye needs to step up to something like a head for a finger.

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 2:49 pm

POTUS is not really a liberal who is committed to freedom of expression and movement. Movement and even residency are conditional upon approved expression. Is USA really any better at liberalism than UK?

Ven Oods

16th August 2019 at 2:15 pm

If they were going to be allowed in eventually, Israel should have let them fly there, and only then refused them entry. And, when they were Stateside again, announced it’d all been a balls-up, and they were welcome to return. That’d have been much more fun.

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 2:30 pm

Right b/c the pretence of freedom of expression and movement is just a pretext for a giggle.

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 1:37 pm

Still waiting for the articles critical of that country. There have been loads about other countries, so no one would say that you have “singled them out”. Or is it somehow sacred to the team? Everyone sees that.

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 2:10 pm

I’m far more concerned that they’ve currently got my two posts from this thread under scrutiny,. I’m hoping that they might put a list of banned words on the free-speech proclamation banner as a way of clearing up the confusion.

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 3:13 pm

Winston. Imagine that you were married to a woman that left you for a while, and during the time she was away, she bore a child to another man before returning to you to begin a life and family with you. Would you not see the child as a bastard?

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 5:20 pm

That is a hard one for any man. It is one of the themes of the most recent season of Outlander. Clair got herself r ped in the previous season, she is still a bit of a do-gooder, a bit simple, moralistic and not worldly-wise. She went the extra mile with a criminal and that was the result. She is back in the 18th century and she needs to take stock. Anyway, her daughter turned up, went through the Henge and back in time and got the same by the same bloke, and got pregnant. Her wannabe fiancé turned up too, through the henge and was confronted by that. And on top of it all, the same bloke was his captain on the ship to America, who he hated anyway. Hard one. He stormed off, got captured by the native Americans and they all had to go and rescue him, which got the nephew captured and incorporated into the tribe in his stead. One was lost and one gained and injury abounded. In the end, Roger decided to do the decent thing and not to punish the kid for the misdeeds of the father – but the nephew had been lost in the process. Noble in the end, which admittedly was the attitude that got Clair r in the first place. Hard one, but love conquers all in the end, when it comes to kids?

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 5:29 pm

I should have noted that Roger already hated the same bloke, the captain on his boat to America, b/c he threw an ill child overboard for fear of the spread of infection. So Roger was likely half minded to end him anyway should a discreet opportunity present itself. But the 18th century was all new to Roger, so who knows how he would have responded? He was infuriated. As I say, he accepted the pregnancy in the end. We will have to wait to see what happens in the new season.

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 6:51 pm

Ok, thanks.

Sorry, my question was extremely poorly-worded. I was trying to make a point about Ishmael.

Winston Stanley

16th August 2019 at 7:46 pm

Hannah, I happenchance heard this song today, which may speak to the moment. Love is gold. The harm of the past is what it is but we can grasp the good of the future as it offers itself to outweigh the evil of the future if we do not. (I will cringe at this tomorrow b/c I is uptight neurotic inglish.) “Your soul is indestructible and only you make your own decisions, not some book dogma. Have faith in yourself.”



Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 10:21 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 10:22 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 10:31 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 10:33 pm

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 11:20 pm

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 3:08 am

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 3:24 am

Hana Jinks

17th August 2019 at 3:29 am

H McLean

16th August 2019 at 1:12 pm

Good article. it’s about time someone (other than Trump) called these people out for their bigotry.

Hana Jinks

16th August 2019 at 12:59 pm

Is it a particular word that you mods are offended by? Is it my thoughts? Just let us know which words are verboten. It’ll save us all a lot of drama. Just put a fucking list of all the words you don’t like me saying right on the fucking free-speech proclamation banner. That should clear all the confusion up.

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