Rashida Tlaib Turns Down Israel’s Permit Allowing Her Visit Her Grandmother, Says It Would “Kill a Piece of Me”

U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib listens to a comment from a constituent during a Town Hall style meeting in Inkster, Michigan, U.S., Aug. 15, 2019. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook)

After Israel announced its decision on Thursday to bar two U.S. Muslim pro-BDS congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, from entering the Jewish state, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri approved the latter’s request to pay a visit on humanitarian grounds to see her grandmother.

Tlaib then decided not to go because it would “kill a piece of me.”

On Friday, Tlaib’s Twitter message said that “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.”

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri reacted by saying that “apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”

In explaining the decision to bar the pro-BDS congresswomen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that their trip was aimed at promoting a boycott of Israel and delegitimizing its existence.

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SOURCE: World Israel News