In what is being labelled a “tough response” to terrorism, Israel has fought the recent terror attacks in Tel Aviv by borrowing a play from the Trump playbook – they banned a group of people associated with the shootings.
Earlier this week, two West Bank Palestinians carried out a deadly shooting rampage in a popular Tel Aviv tourist spot. Four people were killed and over a dozen seriously wounded in one of the more deadly and brazen attacks since last September.
How did Israel respond? By banning Palestinians from entering the country until they can figure out what is going on.
Via The Independent:
The Israeli military has revoked permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians to visit Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after a terror attack in Tel Aviv.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (Cogat), an Israeli military body, said Palestinian residents were banned from entering or leaving Yatta and access would only be permitted for humanitarian and medical cases.
“All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to Israel, are frozen,” said a statement.
It said that 83,000 Palestinians would be affected, including 204 relatives of the alleged attackers, and hundreds of people from the Gaza Strip who had received permits to visit relatives and holy sites during Ramadan.
In case you’re not convinced that this is an apples to apples comparison of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, the report also indicates Israel “will prevent thousands of Muslims traveling to the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam that has become a flashpoint for protests, during the month of fasting and prayer.”
During the Republican presidential campaign, Trump proposed a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump was widely chastised by Democrats, the media, and even his own party for daring to suggest a temporary halt in immigration for the group most associated with these terror attacks.
They’ll be hard-pressed to make that same argument now that one of our allies with a 20% population of Muslims has now banned travel for that group in an attempt to stop terrorism.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider