Tlaib shares photo of her Palestinian grandmother after Netanyahu's move to bar Israel visit

Tlaib shares photo of her Palestinian grandmother after Netanyahu's move to bar Israel visit
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (D-Mich.) on Thursday shared a photo of her grandmother, who lives in the West Bank, after the Israeli government announced that Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Meet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-Minn.) would not be allowed to enter the country.

"The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening," Tlaib wrote in a tweet alongside the photo of her grandmother.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE on Thursday defended his country's decision to prevent the congresswomen from entering the country, but noted that Tlaib may still be permitted to visit her grandmother in the West Bank for humanitarian reasons. 


Tlaib, the first Palestinian American elected to Congress, joined Omar in blasting the move. Omar, who along with Tlaib was also one of the first Muslim women to join Congress, called the decision "an affront" and asserted that Netanyahu was implementing "Trump's Muslim ban."

In a statement, Netanyahu cited Israeli law that bars entry for those who support a boycott of the country. Tlaib and Omar have both supported a movement to boycott Israel. 

“The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,” Netanyahu asserted.

"However, if Congresswoman Tlaib filed a humanitarian request to meet her family members, subject to a commitment that she would not act to promote the boycotts against Israel, the interior minister announced he would consider this request," he added.

The decision Thursday, which was condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, followed a tweet by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE in which he encouraged Israel to deny entry to the U.S. lawmakers, saying it would show "great weakness" for Israel to allow the lawmakers into the country. 

The lawmakers' Israeli visit had been scheduled for Aug. 18-22.