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The controversial and now-canceled trip Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) planned to take to Israel is taking on a new twist after the Jewish state said it would not allow the pair to enter the country then, but then said Tlaib could visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the West Bank in Eastern Jerusalem.
The New York Times reported that Tlaib asked Israeli officials to allow the family visit and said it would not be a political trip:
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Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, had announced earlier Friday morning that the congresswoman would be allowed to enter for a family visit, after she wrote to him saying that it might be her last chance to see her grandmother and pledging to “respect any restrictions” and to “not promote boycotts” during her stay.
Deri agreed to allow Tlaib to visit her grandmother, but within hours the freshman lawmaker said she would not accept Israel’s “restrictions,” the Times reported.
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The Times had a reporter on the ground in Israel who described Tlaib’s “ancestral home:”
In a small stone house on the edge of a sleepy Palestinian village near Ramallah, an elderly woman ran a string of wooden worry beads through her gnarled fingers on Friday, silently reciting the 99 names of Allah, almost oblivious to the maelstrom of...
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