Rashida Tlaib: "All I Can Do As The Granddaughter Of A Woman Who Lives In Occupied Territory" Is "Expose The Truth"

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Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) held a news conference Monday afternoon on their travel restrictions to Palestine and Israel. They also featured other Palestinian-Americans in the same situation.

Rep. Tlaib talked about visiting Palestinian family as a young child and adult and the "injustices of raids, shootings, demolitions, and child detention" she witnessed there.





"It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Netanyahu took a page out of Trump's book," Tlaib said. "I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my then-husband and him escorted off the bus, although he was a United States citizen, just so security forces could harass him. All I can do as the granddaughter of a woman who lived in Occupied Territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how."

REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints -- even though she was a United States citizen and proud American. I was there when there when my [grandmoher] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have access to the best hospitals -- which were in Jerusalem.

I remember shaking with fear when checkpoints appeared in a small village [where we were] with tanks and guns everywhere. I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my then-husband and him escorted off the bus, although he was a United States citizen, just so security forces could harass him. All I can do as the granddaughter of a woman who lived in Occupied Territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how.

As my Detroit public school teachers taught me, by humanizing the pain of oppression, our delegation trip included meetings with Israeli veterans who were forced to participate in military occupation. They also desperately want peace and self-determination for their Palestinian neighbors. They could have shed light into injustices of raids, shootings, demolitions, and child detention. The delegation would have seen firsthand why walls are destructive, not productive. They could have asked the people in Bethlehem how walls cut people off from economic opportunities, from a way to live, and do psychological damage that lasts forever.

All I can do as her granddaughter is help humanize her and the Palestinian people's plight. I know that when we can finally see them as deserving of human dignity, everyone there will be able to live in peace. It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Netanyahu has apparently taken a page out of Trump's book -- and even direction from Trump to deny this opportunity. And yes, while folks are shocked that this happened to us, but today we will hear from folks who helped show the reality for many who have been barred from going to Israel, not even to reach the Palestinian people. They are fellow Americans who cannot visit their families or their loved ones. All of us should be deeply disturbed.


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