US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Declines Israel Visit… ‘Oppressive Conditions’

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Israel said that Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, can now visit her family in the West Bank despite her criticism of the government. She has rejected the offer, however, over restrictive conditions around the trip.

Israel on Friday reversed its decision to refuse US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib entry to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Interior Ministry said Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, would be allowed to visit her grandmother on “humanitarian” grounds.

The ministry said the U-turn followed a written pledge by the US lawmaker “to respect conditions imposed by Israel.”

Tlaib, however, has turned the offer down, saying the government had imposed “oppressive conditions” on the visit in order to humiliate her.

“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Silencing me and treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me.”

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