Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

On Friday, the Israeli government said Tlaib could visit her relatives in the West Bank, including her 99-year-old grandma, on humanitarian grounds. The two are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and support the Palestinian-led global movement boycotting Israel.

Maher's segment came one day after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for their support of the BDS movement following an appeal from President Trump. If Omar cared about "democratic values", she would not lie to her Jewish constituents, as she did before her election a year ago when she called BDS "counterproductive".

Whether it's her relentless needling of the president, being told by Trump to "go back" to the "corrupt" country she came from despite being born in MI, or being barred from visiting Israel Thursday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tlaib is a political lightning rod. "I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in - fighting against racism, oppression & injustice".

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Muftiyye Tlaib spoke on the U.S congresswoman's reaction against Israeli administrations "oppressive conditions" and the family's original plans for Rashida Tlaib's visit.

In response, the granny said: "Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming - May God ruin him". Ali Abunimah, a prominent Palestinian activist, tweeted that Tlaib should have used her platform to highlight Israel's restrictions "instead of writing that humiliating letter asking the occupier to treat her as an exception in exchange for abiding by its 'restrictions'". "It would kill a piece of me", she said.

Deri's office released what it said was Tlaib's request, written on congressional stationery and dated Thursday, in which she said she wanted to visit her grandmother, who is in her 90s.

Trump complained Friday about Tlaib's decision against taking the trip.

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Tlaib did not describe the conditions imposed on her visit. "Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete set-up".

The grandmother told Fox News on Friday night that she was holding out hope.

She wanted to go to the village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa to "pick figs" with her grandmother, but ultimately declined.

Similarly problematic, DCI-P, which is the Palestinian branch of the Geneva-based organization that says its mission is to "promote and protect the rights of Palestinian children", has ties to the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been designated as a terror group by the United States, the European Union, Canada and Israel.

Omar's resolution does not identify Israel, and most observers readily accept that she is referring to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

"We have a deep relationship and long-standing relationship with Israel that can withstand Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu", Pelosi said.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in the settlements, alongside almost 3 million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. Trump's acceptance of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in the 1967 war, provided a boost to Netanyahu ahead of April's elections. According to media reports, Trump is exploiting anger with the pair to turn pro-Israel Democrats against the party.

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