The battle with “the Squad” continued this week as President Trump signaled his disapproval of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) visiting Israel.
In turn, Israel banned both Congresswoman for perceived anti-Semitic comments made in the past, but Rep. Tlaib was granted permission to visit her family in the West Bank.
However, she abruptly canceled her trip, and Israel’s interior minister is now directing comments at the U.S. congresswoman.
In response to abruptly canceling her trip, Aryeh Deri took to twitter to grill the congresswoman, saying that “apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”
Rep. Tlaib just tweeted that she won't be coming to Israel.
— אריה מכלוף דרעי (@ariyederi) August 16, 2019
Tlaib announced that she would not move forward with her plans to visit her family because “oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart.”
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
In addition, she took to twitter to voice that “silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”
So, she informed that she had “decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in – fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
Israel’s decision drew bipartisan criticism from Washington, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agrees with the decision.
He noted on his twitter account that both Omar and Tlaib’s plan for visiting Israel “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”
President Trump echoed in Netanyahu’s remark, initially declaring that Israel allowing the two congresswomen to enter the country would show “great weakness.”