Rep. Rashida Tlaib little resistance and rebel lifestyle took a major hit on Friday when she had to eat some humble pie and promise not to promote boycotts against Israel so she could be cleared to enter the country to visit her grandmother.
Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar were barred from entering Israel on Thursday because of their outspoken hatred and rhetoric toward the Israeli government.
MSN reported: “Only a few days ago, we received their visitation plan, and it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and negate Israel’s legitimacy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, referring to BDS.
After the decision came down to shut down the lawmaker’s scheduled Friday visit, Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri asking for admittance to visit her grandmother, who she claimed; “could be my last opportunity to see her.”
“I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” Tlain promised in the letter.
Breaking: Israel’s interior minister just approved @RashidaTlaib’s petition to enter Israel 'on humanitarian grounds' to visit her Palestinian grandmother @ the West Bank. She had to promise not to promote #BDS during the visit https://t.co/e8K2ZgtOUQ pic.twitter.com/q9ULe25xX2
— Noa Landau נעה לנדאו (@noa_landau) August 16, 2019
According to the New York Times article, Deri’s office approved the visit based on Tlaib’s promise:
“In light of that,” Mr. Deri’s office said on Friday, the minister decided to allow her into Israel and “expressed hope that she would keep her commitment and that the visit would truly be solely for humanitarian purposes.”
Both lawmakers were blocked from going because they violated a 2017 Israeli law that bans people from entering Israel who has called for a boycott of Israel, not to mention how both have made numerous anti-Semitic comments and have made comments in favor of terrorist groups.
It is a nice gesture to allow her to visit her family in a non-official visit.
UPDATE: 9:34 AM EST
Rep. Rashida Tlaib has chosen not to visit her grandmother, according to the Daily Mail.
After deciding not to promote boycotts against Israel, she’s changed her mind as she feels that is more important than visiting her 90-year-old grandmother, who she might not see again.
“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. ”
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. https://t.co/z5t5j3qk4H
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 16, 2019
Tlaib has always been a very vocal supporter of the Palestinians and an anti-Israeli. In her district in Michigan, she ran unopposed by a Republican. Since her district, Michigan’s 13th, was extremely gerrymandered by Democrats (resembling a P-shape) to include heavily minority areas of Detroit and the Muslim area of east Dearborn (until recently the largest Muslim enclave outside of the Middle East) to offset the vote of some included Detroit suburbs, no Republican has ever won in that district and so none wasted the time and money to run against her.
She only won the Democrat primary by less than nine-hundred votes by greatly out-spending her Democrat opponent. Some contributions to her campaign are currently under investigation by the FEC, including maximum-amount contributions supposedly contributed in the name of Palestinian-Americans who were found to have been deceased long before she ran for office.
The Israelis had every right under Israeli law to prevent her (and anti-Israeli representative Omar) from entry. Their law forbids entry by any foreign national who supports divestments or boycotting Israel (Tlaib supports both.) and supporting enemies of Israel such as Hamas or Iran. She’s lucky they’re allowing her entry now for humanitarian purposes.
Turning down the gesture, Tlaib is trying to pull the sympathy card and drum up support for her cause, but it won’t go the way she thinks. Israel showed humanity by giving her permission to visit, and she turned her back on it.
That shows you who is the compassionate one and who is the evil one.