Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she won't visit Israel

Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Getty Images

Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Getty Images

"It's been a long time since I've seen her-five to six years". Tlaib told NBC Saturday from the West Bank, which has been held by Israel since 1967 after capturing the land from Jordan during the Six-Day War.

After Deri granted her request, Tlaib took to Twitter to announce that she would be abstaining from visiting the country and her aging grandmother due to Israel's "oppressive [and] racist policies".

"Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her 'grandmother.' As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded & loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel", Trump tweeted. "Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother". "Could this possibly have been a setup?"

The government argued the two would promote the Boycott, Divestments and Sanction movement during planned visits to East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

"There's lots of Jews who do not agree with the actions of the State of Israel, who not do feel represented by Israel and resist the attempts to conflate the State of Israel with their Judaism".

"I'm still a granddaughter".

"That this could happen to her, to keep her from her grandmother as a citizen is reprehensible".

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Tlaib's relatives said they had wanted her to be able to visit as part of a delegation which was to include Omar, and are incensed by the restrictions being put on her visit.

"It was pretty traumatic what I had to go through with the state of Israel and some of the demands that they were asking of me", she said Friday night.

A sign alerts Palestinians to an Israeli military checkpoint near the home of U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grandmother and family in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa.

It is time that we stop bending over backwards for Israel's enemies, which Omar and Tlaib certainly are. In the lead editorial of its Friday print edition, the New York Times complained: "But to put at risk, so cynically, America's special relationship with Israel exclusively to titillate the bigots in his base..."

She said visiting her family under such "oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart".

"When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions", added the 43-year-old congresswoman, elected in January.

"Unprecedented, as far as I know, and, particularly, to be telling another country not to let in a lawmaker from our country, it doesn't make sense", says King. "It would have been a problem had she promised to permanently suspend all her activities".

The Trump administration is a government of permanent crisis, despised by a large majority of the American people and buffeted by mounting signs of recession, financial instability and the growth of working class opposition in the United States and internationally.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi labelled the ban "an outrageous act of hostility against the American people and their representatives", while Ms Omar said it was a "chilling" decision and an "insult to democratic values".

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