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Israel Presented Tlaib With a Cruel Dilemma: Her Principles or Her Family

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18.08.2019

Israel was too quick to celebrate Palestinian American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's apparent agreement to send a humanitarian request to visit her elderly grandmother in the West Bank, alongside a commitment not to promote BDS and to "respect any restrictions" during the visit.

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Perhaps it was the fact the humiliating letter was leaked to the press, or the enthusiastic announcement in the name of Israeli "official sources" that she "was forced to submit to the conditions that Israel placed in advance," or perhaps the political pressure at home – but Tlaib was quick to clarify that she would actually not accept restrictions Israel placed as a condition for her visit, even if it meant not seeing her 90-year-old grandmother - a heavy personal price.

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Thus, Tlaib foiled the Israeli government's efforts to flaunt a special "humanitarian gesture" to her, in an attempt to slightly soften the sharp criticism over the decision not to allow her and her fellow Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar into the country at the request of their political rival, U.S. President Donald Trump.

If she had chosen to visit under those limitations, many of those who are already particularly reluctant to fight the Netanyahu government beyond limp condemnations on Twitter........

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