Comment comes after Rep. Tlaib rejects Israel’s offer of a humanitarian visa to see her 90-year-old grandmother
The Palestinian grandmother of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib wished “ruin” on President Donald Trump in an ongoing controversy over Michigan lawmaker’s proposed visit to Israel. “May God ruin him,” Tlaib’s grandmother was quoted saying by news agency Reuters.
The remark comes a day after Congresswoman Tlaib rejected Israel’s offer to grant her entry on humanitarian basis to see her 90-year-old grandmother. The Israeli decision was made in response to a written request made by Tlaib herself. “I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa,” she wrote in a letter addressed to Israel’s Interior Ministry. In her formal request, she agreed not to promote anti-Israel boycott activities, or the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
After Israel granted the request, Tlaib changed her tune, accusing Israel of “racism” and “oppression.” “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in,” the congresswomen tweeted.
Reuters reported the comments made by Tlaib’s grandmother:
Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States.
“May God ruin him,” she says.
Tlaib is the grandmother of U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the center of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats. (…)
Her son, Rashida’s uncle Bassam Tlaib, said the women had not seen each other since 2006:
“She was going to slaughter a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare her favorite food, stuffed vine leave.[“]
Initially, Tlaib was to accompany Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on a four-day trip to Israel set for next week. The duo was to meet Palestinian groups that sought destruction of Israel, and had ties to terrorist groups. Israel denied the visa for that visit on Thursday, triggering hysterical response from senior Democrats and mainstream media.
“[T]he itinerary of the two congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”
The Palestinian organisation sponsoring their trip, Miftah, has a history of spreading Antisemitism and incitement, the research done by the watchdog group NGO Monitor shows. The organization is funded by several EU countries and the United Nations, JNS news agency reported.
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