After US Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Dem.) was barred from entering Israel because of her stated intentions to raise support for anti-Israel boycotts, she submitted a request to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the Palestinian-controlled territories near to the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Interior Minister Aryeh Deri sent immediate approval for the Muslim official to come and spend all the time she wants with her aging relative.
But then Tlaib had a sudden change of mind, saying that in the end she would not enter Israel “under these oppressive conditions.”
“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” the Michigan Democrat tweeted. “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.”
Because of her Israel-hatred, Tlaib was sure that Israel would deny her request to visit her grandmother, and wanted to use the denial of her “humanitarian” appeal to show the world the “inhumanity and injustice” of what she calls “Israel’s oppressive regime.” But her cynical attempt to draw Israel into another antisemitic fake news cycle backfired when the Orthodox Jewish minster welcomed her with open arms to be with her grandmother.
Now it just looks like Tlaib hates Israel more than she loves her elderly grandmother.