Radical Rep Refuses to See Ailing Grandmother to Spite Israel
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However, the controversial representative turned down the offer and revealed her thoughts for the world to see.
Per Fox News:
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. https://t.co/z5t5j3qk4H— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 16, 2019
This was an apparent reference to Tlaib's earlier pledge not to promote boycotts of Israel during her visit.
Tlaib suddenly decided she did not want to abide by those previously agreed to restrictions. Even though, as Tlaib wrote of grandmother, now in her 90s, "This could be my last opportunity to see her."
While Tlaib and Omar were barred for their support of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the government said it would accept a humanitarian request from Tlaib. In a letter sent to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Tlaib had requested being able to visit her Palestinian grandmother, who lives in the West Bank, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Amid bipartisan criticism of its earlier decision, Israel swiftly agreed to allow Tlaib to visit family on humanitarian grounds.
Yet Tlaib on Friday likened the conditions to "silencing me & treating me like a criminal," saying: "It would kill a piece of me."