Rashida Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin him'

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 17, 2019

The next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds - but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her.

The boycott movement, formally known as the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, aims to end worldwide support for Israel because of its policies toward Palestinians, as well as its continued construction of West Bank settlements, considered a violation of global law.

"Israel on Friday reversed its decision and said it would let Tlaib visit her family on humanitarian grounds - but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed" oppressive conditions" created to humiliate her.

"Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her 'grandmother.' As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded & loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel". Tlaib was planning on staying two extra days to visit her grandmother, Muftiya Tlaib, who lives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.

"Thank you for not politicizing what's happened to me, because I'm still a granddaughter", Tlaib told her supporters Friday in Detroit. This is true of Trump's attacks against Omar, Tlaib and other representatives of color, and of Netanyahu's treatment of the Arab citizens of Israel and their Knesset representatives. The only real victor here is Tlaib's grandmother.

"Rashida sees her granny as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her success to her grandmother". Both are members of the Democratic party's progressive wing and sharp critics of Trump and Israel. Taking to Twitter, Tlaib posted a photo of her grandmother and said Israel's agreement to allow her to visit only under certain terms was humiliating.

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Israel's decision to deny entry to the two freshmen congresswomen amounted to a reversal of a position taken last month when Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said the two would be allowed to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Israel has annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally; maintains a blockade of Gaza, run by the Islamist Hamas movement; and controls most of the West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

The Trump administration, which is particularly close to the Netanyahu government, has touted its own peace plan but details remain vague. They are also outspoken critics of Israel and have expressed support for boycotts of the country.

"Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me", Tlaib tweeted, referring to her grandmother.

Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman, who was due to meet the Congresswomen, said she would meet them elsewhere.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

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