U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, said on Thursday that it’s a “sign of weakness” that Israel will not allow her into the country.
As the Advance reported, Israel has barred both Tlaib and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from traveling there on a scheduled trip at the urging of President Donald Trump. The GOP president has been attacking Tlaib, Omar and other progressive freshmen known as the “Squad.” His racist remarks were condemned in a resolution passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.
On Thursday, Tlaib responded on Twitter to Israel’s decision and invoked her grandmother.
This woman right here is my sity. She deserves to live in peace & with human dignity. I am who I am because of her. The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening. pic.twitter.com/GGcFLiH9N3
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 15, 2019
Trump continued his campaign against the congresswomen on Twitter, as well, calling them “a disgrace.”
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Several Jewish leaders and groups, sided with Tlaib and Omar, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which the congresswomen have criticized for its power in Congress. Tlaib and Omar support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that urges companies and nations to distance themselves from Israel in protest of their treatment of Palestinians.
However, AIPAC tweeted Thursday that “every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.”
We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) August 15, 2019
Tlaib and Omar also won support from several members of Congress, including some Democrats running for president. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Israel barring the congresswomen would be a “shameful, unprecedented move.”
Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib entry.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 15, 2019
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called Trump a “bigot” in response to his tweet.
It is disgusting that a bigot like Trump is attacking @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN in this way. Opposing Netanyahu's policies is not “hating the Jewish people.” We must stand together against those who promote hatred and racism in Israel, Palestine, the U.S. and everywhere. https://t.co/Sq8FikcumK
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 15, 2019