BEIT UR AL FAUQA (CISJORDANIA), Aug 17 (Reuters / EP) –
The Palestinian grandmother of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, vetoed by Israel as part of the confrontation between her granddaughter and the American president, Donald Trump, has asked God to “ruin” the US president.
The congresswoman is now at the center of a controversy that has joined Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the US Democrats.
After receiving pressure from Trump Israel on Thursday banned a visit from Rashida Tlaib and his Democratic colleague, Ilhan Omar, to the Palestinian territories. The next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit its family in the West Bank for humanitarian reasons, but Tlaib rejected the offer and said Israel had imposed restrictions aimed at humiliating it.
On Friday night, Trump tweeted: “Representative Tlaib wrote a letter to the Israelis because she desperately wanted to visit her grandmother. The permit was quickly granted, but Tlaib rejected the approval unpleasantly, a complete trap. The only real winner here is Tlaib's grandmother. You won't have to see her now! ”
Muftia Tlaib, ninety years old, sitting in her garden in the village of Beit Ur Al Fauqa, says she is not impressed by the president. “Trump tells me he should be happy that Rashida doesn't come,” he said. “May God ruin it.”
His son and uncle Rashida, Bassam Tlaib, has confirmed that the women had not seen each other since 2006: “He was going to kill a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare his favorite meal: grape leaves.”
Bassam Tlaib has explained that “Rashida sees her grandmother as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her grandmother her success.”
Tlaib did not report the conditions for his visit. Israeli media reported that he had agreed not to promote boycotts against Israel as part of his request to the Foreign Ministry.