Israel to let in Rashida Tlaib on humanitarian grounds

Israeli authorities decided to let in US Representative Rashida Tlaib so she can visit her family, reported Asharq Al-Awsat.

According to media reports, Representative Tlaib sent an official request Thursday to visit her family who live in Israel. Tlaib’s letter to Ministry of Interior of Israel reads that the visit may become Tlaib’s “last opportunity” to see her grandmother “who is in her 90s.”

“I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” Tlaib wrote.

The Ministry approved the request and announced Friday that the lawmaker will be let in Israel “for a humanitarian visit to her 90-year-old grandmother.”

The decision comes after Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will not be allowed in with an official visit, scheduled to take place later this week.” Many US lawmakers condemned Netanyahu’s decision and said that it was made under pressure from the US President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Omar and Tlaib “hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”

Israeli authorities denied entry to Omar and Tlaib as the two lawmakers voiced their support for the pro-Palestinian boycott movement. According to Israeli law, those supportive of the movement can be denied entry to Israel.

Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website