Aug. 16, 2019
- Countries Routinely Deny Visas to Those with Extremist Views – Eugene Kontorovich
As someone one who has argued that Israel should admit Omar and Tlaib, I must also say that the decision to bar them is legitimate and understandable. Countries routinely deny visas to those with extremist views. The U.S. excludes people for ideologies fundamentally hostile to the U.S. (i.e., communism); the UK and others deny entry to public figures with bigoted views as being “not conducive to the public good.” Omar/Tlaib qualify.
One thing the visa denial is not about is hiding from criticism. Israel allows entry to vocal and one-sided critics all the time. See the speakers’ series at any Israeli university. This is about avoiding massive public disorder and risk to lives at the Temple Mount and the Gaza fence. The writer is a professor at George Mason University School of Law and a scholar at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. (Twitter)