Israeli Interior Minister says Tlaib’s hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother

US Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib, who was first denied entry to Israel earlier this week for supporting pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and later allowed to visit on “humanitarian grounds,” refused to go to Israel as the conditions set by Tel Aviv for her trip are “oppressive and humiliating,” reported Sputnik.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that two US freshmen lawmakers would be barred from entering the country as their visit may harm Israel.

“Several days ago, we received [Omar and Tlaib’s] trip itinerary, which clarified that they planned a visit whose sole purpose was to support boycotts and deny Israel’s legitimacy,” Netanyahu said. “For example, they called their destination ‘Palestine’ and not ‘Israel’, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress before them, they did not seek any meeting with any Israeli official, whether government or opposition.”

 Tlaib, whose family live on the West Bank, sent an official request to Israeli authorities asking them to grant her entry to see her 90-year-old grandmother.  “This could be my last opportunity to see her,” Tlaib wrote, adding that if allowed to visit she will “respect any restrictions and not promote boycotts against Israel.” Yet, when approved to visit as a private citizen, Tlaib claimed that the conditions set for her trip were “oppressive and humiliating.”

“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” Tlaib tweeted.

US President Donald Trump commented on the issue and also posted on his Twitter. “Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down,” he wrote.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri also commented on Tlaib’s claims and said that her actions were provocative. “Her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,” he tweeted.

Tlaib’s grandmother, 90-year-old Muftiyye Tlaib, is reportedly supporting her granddaughter’s decision not to visit Israel. In an interview she told the reporters that the decision was upsetting but she fully supported it. Muftiyye Tlaib also expressed his hope to see Rashida: “My heart tells me that she will come.”

According to a report by Yeni Safak, when asked about President Trump’s comment on Tlaib’s decision not to visit her grandmother, Muftiyye Tlaib said: “May God ruin him.”

Having announced her decision not to go to Israel on set conditions, the same day Representative Tlaib attended a Shabbat event organized and sponsored by people supportive of BDS movement.

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