Rashida Tlaib folds, accepts conditions to be allowed into Israel

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Anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has reportedly bent the knee and, in exchange for being allowed into Israel so that she may see her grandmother, essentially agreed to not talk trash about the Jewish state during said visit.

“Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided on Friday to approve the entry of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on a humanitarian visit of her 90-year-old grandmother,” the Israeli government announced in a statement Friday morning.

Congresswoman Tlaib sent a letter to Minister Deri tonight pledging to accept Israel’s demands, respecting the restrictions imposed on her during the visit, and promising not to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit. In light of this, and in accordance with his commitment yesterday, Minister Deri decided to allow her entry into Israel and expressed hope that her commitment and visit would indeed be for humanitarian purposes only.”

The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a wrench in Tlaib and fellow anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s plans to visit Israel by blocking their visit over their ongoing anti-Israeli activism.

In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter, the PM specifically cited both their support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, as well the fact that their visit is being funded by a group whose members “have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

Take special note of the last tweet.

“Israel has decided – we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reportedly added. “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.”

Following the announcement, which attracted the blessing of President Donald Trump but the condemnation of congressional Democrats, Tlaib submitted a letter to Deri requesting “admittance to Israel to in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother.”

It’s unclear what sort of consequences (if any) she might face if she violates the Israeli government’s stipulations. What’s known is that after Netanyahu initially offered to allow her entrance in exchange for her pledging “not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit,” she posted a trash-talking tweet in which she accused Israel of being weak and further suggested that her grandmother isn’t capable of living “in peace & with human dignity” because of the nation’s policies:

The tweet garnered widespread backlash because of its disingenuous nature — if her grandmother’s life is so miserable, why was she smiling? — and attacks on Israel.


According to The Jewish Press, Tlaib’s now-approved visit is tentatively scheduled to occur “between Sunday and Friday of next week.” Meanwhile, as of Friday morning, Omar remains blocked from entrance, as she has no family within Israel.

Update: 9:40 am, 8/16/19

Despite being granted the opportunity to visit her grandmother, Tlaib ultimately chose to reject the offer:

This has in turn only intensified accusations that her visit to Israel was never about her family but rather about plotting against the country:


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