Israel’s Interior Minister, Aryeh Deri pushed back at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Friday for declining Israel’s offer to allow the Democratic congresswoman to visit relatives in Israel’s West Bank, saying her “hatred for the country outweighs her love for her grandmother.”
Deri responded to Tlaib’s announcement that she will not visit her grandmother in the West Bank after Israel said it would grant her entry under humanitarian circumstances.
“Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib just tweeted that she will not visit Israel. Last night, she sent me a letter asking me to allow her to visit her grandmother, who is in her 90s, because ‘this might be my last opportunity to see her.’ I agreed to this humanitarian request, but it turns out that it was just a provocation aimed at embarrassing Israel,” tweeted Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri. “Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother”.
“When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my city to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” Tlaib tweeted.
“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 added.
In a letter obtained by CNN, Deri revealed Tlaib had requested and was granted permission to enter the West Bank to visit her grandmother, who is 90 years old. “This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” the Michigan Democrat wrote to Deri, reported Breitbart. (Continued Below)
The move comes after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely confirmed that Tlaib and fellow far-left freshman congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) would be barred from the country, citing their support for the anti-Israel BDS movement.
“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle this is a very justified decision,” Hotovely told Israeli public radio. (Continued Below)
In 2017, Israel passed a law prohibiting a foreigner entry who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.”
“As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel, as is the case with other democracies that prevent the entry of people whose perception harms the country,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
“The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,” he added.
President Trump reacted on Twitter ahead of Isreal’s decision to block the far-left Congresswomen on Thursday.
“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” the President wrote on Twitter Thursday. “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace! Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!” (Video Below)
חברת הקונגרס רשידה טליב, צייצה כעת שלא תגיע לישראל. אמש שלחה לי מכתב ובו ביקשה לאפשר לה לבקר את סבתה בת ה-90 ״כי זו יכולה להיות ההזדמנות האחרונה שלי לפגוש אותה״.
אישרתי זאת הומניטרית, אך מתברר כי זו הייתה פרובוקציה כדי להבאיש את ריחה של ישראל. שנאתה לישראל גוברת על אהבתה לסבתה
— אריה מכלוף דרעי (@ariyederi) August 16, 2019
The letter Rep. Rashida Tlaib sent to Israeli Interior Minister Ayreh Deri requesting a visit to her family in the West Bank, in which she promises to "respect any restrictions" and "not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit." pic.twitter.com/2HUjAkYMaY
— Oren Liebermann (@OrenCNN) August 16, 2019
When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies. https://t.co/OYIwExV0ga
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 16, 2019
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