Maybe, Republicans should listen to Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) rather than condemn her. This strong woman of color had planned to visit her grandmother who lives on the West Bank. Tlaib could bring some worthwhile intelligence into the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Instead, this is what happened.
How often does the nation get the advantage of insider information when they have been trying to understand such a dynamic location as Israel and Palestine? Donald Trump killed the representative’s visit to see her grandmother, who lives on the West Bank. He leaned on Israel’s prime minister who then rescinded his invitation to Tlaib. Yet, if anyone would understand the situation, it could have been this “sity:”
‘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.’
Later, Tlaib tweeted:
‘.@AGvaryahu I was looking forward to it & can’t thank you enough for being on the right side of history. As an American who grew up embracing justice & equality, I appreciate your courage & hope that one day my Congressional colleagues are given the opportunity to hear you.’
Presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted:
‘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.’
Tlaib is one of two first Muslim women to service in Congress. She tweeted:
‘It is an honor to serve and fight for you #13thDistrictStrong. Thank you for believing in the possibility of someone like me representing you in U.S. Congress. You are all my squad! #rootedincommunity’
Twitter world went crazy. Check out these favorite responses and see what you think:
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