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Muslim congresswoman says she won’t visit Israel

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/19, 12:21 pm

Israel offered to let U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib into the occupied West Bank to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, but the congresswoman declined Friday because of conditions placed on her visit. “Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart,” the Democrat who represents a district in Michigan, said in a statement. Israel did not want Tlaib promoting boycotts of it in protest of the treatment of Palestinians there.

Why is the visit a problem for Israel? On Thursday, Israel blocked Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from visiting the country for a political trip this weekend. The two Muslim congresswomen support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel and have criticized its policies on Palestine. President Donald Trump encouraged Israel not to let the women enter the country, saying they “hate Israel and all Jewish people.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 01:14 pm

    “Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me..."

    Sorry, not buying your lies, Tlaib.

    I'm sure your grandmother agrees with you. NOT! 

    I can just hear your grandmother, "Don't visit me. They just want to humiliate you."  NOT!

    Rather, she is probably upset that you are using excuses AGAIN not to visit her.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 04:34 pm

    I don’t doubt what Congresswoman Tlaib says about her grandmother. She probably would have been very supportive of her granddaughter using the visit for anti-Israel propaganda purposes. 

    Which, in my humble opinion, was probably the main purpose for Tlaib and Omar to go to Israel and the West Bank. 

  • Trumpetly Speaking
    Posted: Sat, 08/17/2019 03:24 pm

    Which scenario is more likely to break a grandmother's heart: Not seeing a granddaughter or the politics of the situation?

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