Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel Will Allow U.S. Lawmaker Tlaib to Make Humanitarian Visit

Israel Will Allow U.S. Lawmaker Tlaib to Make Humanitarian Visit

Tlaib, whose parents are Palestinian immigrants to the US and who has close relatives in the West Bank, had planned to travel to Israel on Sunday with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on a trip focused on viewing the impact of recent USA policies and aid cuts on Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

"Folks may want to read extra deep into this, but I say this simply to acknowledge the courage it takes to make a statement like this", she continued, noting how "lucky" the Democrats are to have "leadership" from people like Sanders, Sen. "It would kill a piece of me".

Explaining her decision to shun the invite, Tlaib said that if she agrees to the restrictive conditions imposed by Tel Aviv, such as her promising "not to promote boycott against Israel", it would "break [her] grandmother's heart".

"When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions".

But, Soifer argued, "It is absolutely unprecedented for a USA president to publicly pressure" Israel to bar elected American officials. "My uncle, everybody was like, 'You are a USA congresswoman, we wanted to celebrate you".

Muftia Tlaib responded: 'Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming. While Omar is still banned, the decision regarding Tlaib was reconsidered reportedly due to her desire to visit her family.

Observers were quick to note the president's use of scare quotes around grandmother, which journalist Mairav Zonszein said is "fully in line with the total dehumanization of Palestinians, to the point that you have literally erased their existence from your vile mind".

In a tweet, Omar disputed Netanyahu's claim that she and Tlaib didn't ask to meet with Israeli government or opposition officials.

HARRIS: Under Israeli law, first of all, if you support a boycott of Israel, you're effectively calling for the destruction of the state, whether by violent or non-violent means, in this case non-violent means.

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In the family s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter s arrival.

"This is a risky precedent that defines all diplomatic norms and an assault on the Palestinian people's right to engage with the rest of the world", she said in a statement.

"Omar and Tlaib weren't denied entry to Israel because they are Muslim, they were denied entry because they are tied to terrorism, actively support the BDS movement and do not believe the country has the right to exist".

US President Donald J. Trump (R) and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

Despite the fact that Trump's attacks on "progressive" Democrats such Omar and Tlaib are calculated to incite violence from the fascistic elements among his supporters-leading to events such as the mass shooting by a Mexican-hating fascist gunman in El Paso-the Democrats have once again brushed over the profoundly anti-democratic and authoritarian substance of his actions. But then the interior ministry released a letter "signed" by Tlaib in which she vowed not to advocate boycotts during her visit.

BDS, which stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is an effort to target Israel economically for its position towards Palestinians.

Netanyahu's announcement that Tlaib and Omar would be barred from entering the country came shortly after US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that Israel would be showing "great weakness" if it let them enter.

"Just like Trump's base in America does not like the extreme left-wing elements of the Democratic Party, (Netanyahu's) base in Israel does not like them", said Reuven Hazan, a political science professor at Hebrew University.

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