Israel bars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting

Israel bars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting

Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers and prominent critics of Israel from visiting, BBC reports.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week.

Both have supported the boycott movement against Israel and Israeli law allows supporters of the campaign to be banned from visiting.

President Trump earlier tweeted it would show "great weakness" if the pair were allowed entry.

A statement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban said it was "inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry".

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