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Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan wiped away tears as she condemned Israeli Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to bar her and Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories after pressure from President Trump.
The pair appeared together at a brief press conference in Omar's home state of Minnesota after Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement.
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Tlaib recalled a prior visit to her homeland as she spoke to reporters in Minneapolis. 'I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints. Even though she was a United States citizen and proud American, I was there when my Siti was in a terrible accident, and my cousins and I cried so that she could have access to the best hospitals, which were in Jerusalem,' she said, in emotional remarks carried live on cable TV.
'I remember shaking with fear when checkpoints appeared in the small village ... tanks and guns everywhere. I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my husband, and him escorted off the bus, although he was a United States citizen just so security forces could harass him. All i can do, as as a grand daughter of a woman who lives in occupied territory, is by lifting her voice, by exposing the truth the only way I know how ... by humanizing the pain of oppression,' she said.
Tlaib - Officials - Grandmother - Trip - Netanyahu
Tlaib, who planned to meet with public officials as well as her Palestinian grandmother on the trip, twice choked up while blasting Netanyahu's decision, which overruled an earlier Israeli decision to allow the visit with restrictions.
Later in her remarks, she wiped a tear from her eye as she again spoke of her grandmother, who she said called her her bird, and cast the decision not to go as her own.
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