After complaining publicly, including on Twitter, about being banned from visiting Israel, Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced on Friday that she would not make the trip to Israel after the Israeli government approved her special request to visit her family in the West Bank.
Israel initially banned her from visiting after her very public and vocal support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS for short. After lots of complaining and whining from Tlaib, the Israeli government finally granted her special permission.
Breaking: Israel’s interior minister just approved @RashidaTlaib’s petition to enter Israel 'on humanitarian grounds' to visit her Palestinian grandmother @ the West Bank. She had to promise not to promote #BDS during the visit https://t.co/e8K2ZgtOUQ pic.twitter.com/q9ULe25xX2— Noa Landau ??? ????? (@noa_landau) August 16, 2019
Not long after, Tlaib turned down the offer, suggestively placing her politics in front of her family.
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
The Anti-Defamation League has referred to the BDS movement as "the most prominent effort to undermine Israel's existence." Laws have also been passed barring foreign activists from entering their country.
Tlaib has a close relationship with pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel activist Abbas Hamideh, who she invited to her congressional swearing in ceremony and the following private dinner. She also invited Palestinian activist Joe Catron, an avowed supporter of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hezbollah, in her Capitol Hill office in April.
If that wasn't enough, Tlaib is also a member of an Anti-Semetic Facebook group where people like Maher Abdel-qader, a prominent anti-Semetic conspiracy theorist, have often shared anti-Semetic content, both together and separately.