After the latest development in a dispute that draws Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu together against US Democrats ahead of elections in both countries, US Congressman Rashida Talib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to allow her to travel to the West Bank.
Talib had arranged to create an official visit to Israel with congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Also She had criticized Israeli policy toward the Palestinians, saying she would not visit her family there because the Israeli government imposed "repressive conditions" to humiliate her.
Then after he had been pressured by President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on Thursday that he would not allow the pair to make their trip. On Friday, Israel said it would allow Talib to visit family in the Israel-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds.
The Michigan congresswoman rejected the offer, in any case. “I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” Talib tweeted, using the word sity to refer to her grandmother.
“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 and injustice". She said.
Israel’s Interior Ministry it had gotten a letter from Talib on Thursday looking for consent to visit her family within the West Bank town of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa, and it allowed her request.