Donald Trump’s attack on four young, brown congresswomen continued after one of them, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) took a stand on remaining silent while in Israel about the brutal occupation of Palestinian lands. It was Trump who originally called for her and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be banned from travel to the country, and Israel complied.
‘May God ruin him.’ — This is how Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother responded after Trump suggested Israel ban the congresswoman pic.twitter.com/OK9WRsxaho
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Although Israel eventually agree to allow Tlaib to visit her family, Tlaib turned them down, saying that requiring her to remain silent on the occupation of Palestine while visiting the country was oppressive and undemocratic. Trump hit back at Tlaib, saying that her grandmother was the real winner, since now, “she doesn’t have to see her.”
Muftiyah Tlaib, speaking to reporters, had a response for Trump. “May God ruin him.”
The Washington Post reports that:
‘Tlaib has previously lent her support to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which Israel sees as increasingly threatening. Her positions have earned her the ire of pro-Israel advocacy groups and also of some of her Democratic colleagues in Congress.’
Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
Tlaib had originally agreed to follow Israel’s restrictions until the people of Palestine reminded her that her position of power would only be helpful to them if speaks out and makes their suffering publicly known. Tlaib agreed and backed out of the restricted trip, to which her grandmother said “who wouldn’t be proud of a granddaughter like that?”
‘For many Palestinians, the fact that Tlaib accepted these terms was itself an affront, a humiliating compromise in which she was made to forgo her opinions to see her loved ones.
‘“Israel is the oppressor and its racist attitude towards Palestinians is established policy,” Nour Odeh, a Palestinian journalist, wrote on Twitter. “Rashida should have known better. She should have acted with more dignity & pride.”’
Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice. https://t.co/z5t5j3qk4H
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 16, 2019
Trump, who’s never taken a stand for anything other than Trump, has continued his juvenile attacks, but Tlaib’s grandmother is unfazed. The violence and death around her, as well as the occupation of the land she’s owned for years, is more important than a petty, childish, wanna-be dictator.
‘When asked about Trump and his repeated attacks on her granddaughter, she brushed off the question. “I don’t know him,” she said. “I don’t care.”’
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