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Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave a teary-eyed statement about her experiences at Israeli checkpoints. It’s unclear of the time frame, first she said it was when she was a young child and visiting her grandmother, and then she mentioned her “then husband” being searched after a bus was stopped.
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, 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 there when my [grandmoher] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have access to the best hospitals — which were in Jerusalem.
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I remember shaking with fear when checkpoints appeared in a small village [where we were] with tanks and guns everywhere. I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my then-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 the granddaughter of a woman who lived in Occupied Territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how.
As my Detroit public school teachers taught me, by humanizing the pain of oppression, our delegation trip included meetings with Israeli veterans who were forced to participate in military occupation. They also desperately want peace and self-determination for their Palestinian neighbors. They could have shed light into injustices of raids, shootings, demolitions, and child detention. The delegation would have seen firsthand why walls are destructive, not productive. They could have asked the people in Bethlehem how walls cut people off from economic opportunities, from a way to live, and do psychological damage that lasts forever.
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I don’t believe anything Tlaib says about Israel. She’s a...
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