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Tlaib slammed for shameless ‘political stunt’ when she abruptly backs out of Israel trip

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Only a few short hours after Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib obtained permission from the Israeli government to travel to the nation so that she may visit her grandmother, the notoriously anti-Semitic congresswoman issued a statement on Twitter rejecting the offer.

And in explaining why she now suddenly refuses to travel to Israel, she resorted to spouting the same sort of anti-Semitic rhetoric about alleged Israeli “oppression” and “racism” that had initially inspired Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block her visit to the Jewish state.

Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” she wrote of her grandmother in a three-tweet Twitter thread. “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.


The stunning turnaround provoked a barrage of criticism from those convinced that Tlaib and fellow anti-Semitic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar’s planned trip was never geared toward the purposes of promoting international diplomacy or meeting with family but rather toward hurting Israel. And FYI, these critics weren’t just random people — they were notable figures.

She asked specifically for permission to visit her grandmother, saying she won’t promote boycotts,” Lahav Harkov, a senior contributing editor at The Jerusalem Post, tweeted. “Then, after Israel said yes, she says she won’t visit if she can’t promote boycotts. So, it was just a stunt to prolong the news cycle of attacking Israel. Never mind, grandma.”

Fact-check: True.

In a letter sent by Tlaib requesting to go to Israel, she shamelessly pleaded: “This could be my last opportunity to see my grandmother.”

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri only agreed to allow Omar into Israel after she agreed to his request that she not “promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.”

The request was made because of both her support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, as well the fact that her and Omar’s visit to Israel was to be funded by a group whose members “have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

“The moment Israel grants @RashidaTlaib she says she refuses to go,” renowed English personality and columnist Katie Hopkins, another critic of Tlaib, added in her own tweet. “A political stunt by a trouble-maker whose loyalty lies with Palestine. Grandma was NEVER part of her plan.”

Look at all the criticism — most of it from high-profile individuals — below:

They’re not alone in feeling like this. In a statement issued after Tlaib’s rejection went viral, Interior Minister Deri posited the same clear-cut conclusion.

I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel. Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,”  he wrote.


Vivek Saxena


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