Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) canceled on Friday a planned visit to the West Bank due to what she called Israel’s “oppressive conditions” after Israel permitted her entry on humanitarian grounds to visit her elderly grandmother.
“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,” she tweeted.
After rejecting entry to Tlaib and fellow congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday due to their support for the anti-Israel BDS movement, Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, approved a request by Tlaib to visit her grandmother in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds.
In a letter to Deri, Tlaib wrote that “This could be my last opportunity to see her,” referring to the freshman congresswoman’s grandmother, who is in her 90s. “I will respect any restrictions and I will not promote any boycotts against Israel during my visit.”
Tlaib was expected to visit between Aug. 18-24, reported The Jerusalem Post.