Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she won’t visit Israel, despite permission

Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she won’t visit Israel, despite permission

"I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in - fighting against racism, oppression & injustice". I hope, inshallah [God willing], that she will come back.

Tlaib and Omar's visit had been scheduled to take place from August 18 to 22.

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

"It's predicated on this notion - it's very shallow thinking - that the Jews are, in Israel, mostly white and the Palestinians are brown". Israel controls entry and exit to the West Bank, which it seized in the 1967 war along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip - territories the Palestinians claim for a future state. Israeli's interior minister, Arye Deri, approved the request on Friday, but Tlaib said she'd changed her mind.

The family statement continued, "It should be her natural right, not a favor to ask for, to visit her homeland and family".

Tlaib's decision not to visit prompted many to support her on social media platforms, using the hashtag #MyPalestinianSitty to share images of their grandmothers in Palestine. But sometimes I see her on TV and talk with her on the phone.

In the end, Muftiyah Tlaib will not see her granddaughter in the coming week. However, hours after Israel agreed to allow in the Democrat, she declined the offer. BDS is created to put pressure on Israel to end the occupation, cease colonisation, and halt Palestinian human rights abuses. "Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother".

"Maybe folks should boycott his show", she wrote.

Pelosi also said she would not discourage other USA lawmakers from traveling to Israel.

But Ms Tlaib insists she won't be cowed, not by the president or Israel.

Meanwhile, in a reference to how the visit of the two congresswomen to Israel had been allowed in the first place, Foreign Minister Israel Katz insisted his country's Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, had acted without consulting him or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

She became part of an global controversy when she and fellow first-term USA congresswoman Ilhan Omar - together the first Muslim women to serve in Congress - were denied entry to Israel and the Palestinian territories on a congressional trip.

Lauder said the WJC "fully supports the constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech and has borne witness to the historic horrors associated with boycotts and the suppression of free speech".

Omar accused Netanyahu of implementing Trump's "Muslim ban" against two members of Congress, a reference to the administration's policy to ban refugees from seven Muslim countries, including her birthplace of Somalia.

"Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this very bad Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday", Ungar-Sargon said.

Trump's recruitment of a longtime USA ally to punish his domestic rivals was a glaring departure from the tradition of American politicians leaving such disputes at the water's edge.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday: "Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women" showed "Trump is exporting his bigotry & making matters worse". "I'm waiting for her".

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