Rep. Rashida Has No Interest In Going To Israel After The Country Initially Rejected Her Request To Visit
The Michigan congresswoman calls the conditions "oppressive" and says the visit was made "to humiliate" her.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib is rejecting a trip to Israel after the country’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri approved her request to go. Tlaib was supposed to travel to Israel to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in the West Bank.
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The controversy began when both Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar were denied entry into the country by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a tweet by President Trump that many have seen as connected.
After being denied entry into the country due to their stated support for the BDS movement, which is against Israel's anti-boycott law, Tlaib attempted a new appeal in order to gain entry.
“I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa,” Tlaib wrote in a letter to the Israeli minister, according to a Washington Post report. “This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit."
Following the receipt of Tlaib's request, Interior Minister Deri announced a change that Tlaib would be allowed in the nation for the visit.
Despite her clearance to visit the country, Tlaib announced in a statement to the Washington Post that she would not be visiting her grandmother, after all, arguing that visiting her family under such “oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart.”
Tlaib when on to say that, “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.”
The move leaves both members of the House without the official state visit they hoped would allow them to view the conditions of the Palestinian people firsthand.