Refusal of the American elected Rashida Tlaib to visit Israel despite the authorization
The only Palestinian-born US woman Rashida Tlaib gave up Friday visiting her grandmother in the occupied West Bank because of the “oppressive conditions” imposed by Israel, the last chapter of a saga testifying to the sensitivity of the issue boycott of the Jewish state.
V iendra not come? Following an appeal by US President Donald Trump, Israel announced Thursday it had banned the visit of Ms. Tlaib and another US official Ilhan Omar because of their support for the boycott movement.
But in the night, Rashida Tlaib wrote to the Israeli authorities asking them to visit her family, especially her grandmother, who lives in the village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. .
“It could be my last chance to visit him,” said the US woman in her letter posted online. “I pledge to respect all restrictions and not to promote the boycott of Israel during my visit,” continues the short text in English.
On Friday, Israeli Interior Minister Arié Dery granted the request “for a humanitarian visit to his grandmother,” Muftia. Rashida Tlaib also “promised not to promote the cause of the boycott against Israel during his stay,” said the minister, without detailing the conditions imposed on the American woman born in Detroit to parents from the West Bank.
But in yet another turn of events, the US elected finally refused the offer of the Israeli authorities.
“I decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions went against everything I believed in: fighting racism, oppression and injustice,” tweeted Rashida Tlaib, who sits in the House of Representatives since January 2019.
“When I won, it gave the Palestinians hope that someone would finally tell the truth about inhumane conditions. I can not allow the State of Israel to extinguish this flame by humiliating me and use my love for my grandma in order to submit to their oppressive and racist policies, “she wrote.
“My grandmother wanted to pick figs with me. I collapsed while reading this and I worry every day for the safety of my family since I won.
In the family village of Rashida Tlaib, her grandmother Muftia was waiting for her. “I see her arrive at the village in traditional dress,” she told AFP, eager to “sacrifice a sheep” for his reunion with his granddaughter.
If the United States is an historical ally of Israel, Rashida Tlaib, and his counterpart Ilhan Omar, are considered by many to be “enemies” of the Jewish state as a campaigner for the BDS campaign to boycott Israel.
However, since 2017, an Israeli law allows the authorities to prohibit the entry of supporters of the BDS movement, which calls for Israel’s economic, cultural or scientific boycott to protest the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
While Israel’s colonization of the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem has continued under all Israeli governments since 1967, it has accelerated in recent years under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ally in Washington, DC Donald Trump.
Today, more than 600,000 people live in Jewish settlements, judged to be in violation of international law, and lead an often conflictual coexistence with nearly three million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israel’s initial refusal to allow Ms. Tlaib and Ilhan, political opponents of Mr. Trump, to enter the country has provoked outrage on the Palestinian side, and Israel has also raised a debate about the proximity of Donald Trump to Benjamin. Netanyahu.
On Friday afternoon, Palestinian activists were urging Rashida Tlaib on social networks to avoid visiting his grandmother because of restrictions imposed by the Jewish state, including the silence on the BDS campaign.
Criticism of Rashida Tlaib and his support for the campaign to boycott Israel, part of the Israeli press nevertheless criticized Benjamin Netanyahu, campaigning for the legislative elections of September 17, to have yielded to Trump’s sirens rather than defending the fundamental “interests” of Israel, the historic ally of the United States.
“After many zigzags between what is good for Israel and what is good for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” said analyst Shimrit Meir in the pages of the daily Yediot Aharonot, the biggest draw of the Israeli press.