//Rashida Tlaib confirms she will not visit Israel and slams ‘racist treatment’ – live

Rashida Tlaib confirms she will not visit Israel and slams ‘racist treatment’ – live

Congresswoman rejected Israel’s offer to visit family in West Bank on ‘humanitarian’ grounds under what she called ‘oppressive conditions’

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Israel’s interior minister responded to Tlaib’s announcement by claiming she allowed “her hate for Israel” to outweigh “her love for her grandmother.”

I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel. Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.@realDonaldTrump @RashidaTlaib

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Tlaib was facing pressure from Palestinians and their supporters to abandon plans for the trip amid complaints that acquiescing to Israel’s demands would weaken her stance on the issue.

The chair of the board that sponsored Tlaib and Omar’s initial trip emphasized that a “humanitarian” visit would not make up for Israel blocking their travel:

2/ Miftah does not sponsor personal or individual or humanitarian visits nor do we intervene on behalf of any such petitions. As we announced yesterday, our delegation’s visit has been postponed until such time as all Congressional participants can have free access to Palestine.

Attempts by Israel’s far-right regime to humiliate @RashidaTlaib failed. Palestinians do not bow to oppressor’s diktats. We continue our struggle, including through BDS, until we see the light of freedom and justice at the end of the long, dark tunnel of Israel’s apartheid rule. pic.twitter.com/F7aNwHjAVk

The notion of Israel allowing @RepRashida to visit her family in the OPT as a “humanitarian” gesture is worse than the ban. We won’t respect you as an independent political leader, as a US congresswoman, but you’re welcome to beg for mercy like all Palestinians – is the message

What is truly upsetting is that @RashidaTlaib fell in this trap and accepted to demean herself and grovel. Israel is the oppressor and its racist attitude towards Palestinians is established policy. Rashida should have known better. She should have acted with more dignity & pride https://t.co/ahAJ0s9Vg9

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