Israel allows Representative Rashida Tlaib entry into the West Bank to visit her grandmother just days before a planned trip to the Jewish State, but she says she will not partake since she was treated like a “criminal.”
Tlaib made the remarks via twitter Friday saying visiting Israel under those circumstances goes “against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
The Jewish State granted Tlaib an exception on humanitarian grounds after barring her from the planned visit on Thursday over her support for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This comes just one day after the government barred both her and Representative Ilhan Omar over their support for the BDS movement.
Israel recently stopped awarding visas to foreigners who publicly support the movement, which it sees as a threat as it aims to undermine the Jewish State.
Exceptions can be made to this rule in the form of waivers, if Israel speculates denying entry would have a negative impact on its relationship with other countries.
President Trump took to twitter on Thursday to show his support for the denial saying, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”
The president continued by calling the pair a disgrace suggesting they are enemy of the Jewish people and their states “will have a hard time putting them back in office.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly met with various officials this week to discuss the decision.
Despite the move, this comes after the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said Israel would not be barring lawmakers from the trip out of respect for the bilateral alliance.