"Trump's Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress".
Israel had approved Rep. Rashida Tlaib's request to visit her grandmother in the West Bank, but the congresswoman said Friday she won't make the trip after all, saying she didn't want to give in to Israel's "oppressive & racist policies".
Far be it from me to suggest, as Deri has, that Tlaib cares more about this political spectacle than her own grandmother, but whatever the case, Israel opened the door, and Tlaib refused to walk through it. "I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in -fighting against racism, oppression & injustice", she said.
Deri made the "final decision" to block Tlaib, along with fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from visiting the Jewish state over their advocacy of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to politically and economically starve Israel over its alleged treatment of Palestinians. "Omar says that Israel's careful self-defense is 'hypnotizing the world" regarding its 'evil doings, ' and that her colleagues only support Israel due to being bought out.
Progressives applauded Sanders' remarks, noting that the senator's willingness to challenge US military aid to Israel makes him unique in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.
Tlaib pleaded her case to Israel's interior minister, Aryeh Deri, asking for permission to visit her 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank. Referencing an earlier letter from Tlaib, where she writes she will "respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel" during the visit, the Minister said he granted her request, only to then have her change her mind based on the conditions.
USA congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has been critical of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.
But even before this whole grandmother story came to fruition, Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar were crying crocodile tears about Israel's supposed cruelty.
"They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds", Trump wrote on Twitter on August 15. "Being blocked is what they really hoped for all along in order to bolster their attacks against the Jewish state".
In a letter sent to the Israeli Ministry of the Interior, Tlaib asked to for admittance to the country to visit her relatives, "specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s".
Tlaib's delegation was expected to focus in part on human rights issues in the Palestinian territories.
"I should be on a plane to see her", the Democratic Congresswoman from Detroit said. And the President has a particular vexation with Tlaib, Omar and two other congresswomen of color.