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Washington - Rashida Tlaib Says She Will Lead A Congressional Trip To West Bank

Published on: December 4, 2018 07:00 PM
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Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) reacts to drawing number 8 during a lottery for office assignments on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua RobertsRepresentative-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) reacts to drawing number 8 during a lottery for office assignments on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2018.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington - Rashida Tlaib, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, said she plans to lead a trip of incoming lawmakers to the West Bank.

Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, told The Intercept in a story published Monday that her trip will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water and poverty – and perhaps a visit to the northern West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa, where her grandmother lives.

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Her trip would be a counterpoint to the traditional Israel mission for first-term lawmakers sponsored by the education arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which includes touring and meetings with leading Israeli figures in business, government and the military.

“I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region,” Tlaib said in the interview. “I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided.

She said the “lavish trips” run by AIPAC “don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”

Tlaib does not yet know when the trip will take place and which Palestinian advocacy group she will partner with to provide the thousands of dollars in funding necessary.

Some newly elected Democrats told The Intercept that they are exploring the possibility of joining Tlaib’s alternative trip but were not ready to comment publicly.

Tlaib in the interview also came out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, which she said brings attention to “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.”

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the other Muslim woman elected to Congress in November, said in an interview shortly after the election that she supports the BDS movement after saying during her campaign that it was “counteractive” and prevents dialogue.



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 Dec 04, 2018 at 07:23 PM StevenWright Says:

Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll stay there.

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 07:54 PM lipa21 Says:

she's going on a ONE-WAY TICKET

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 08:00 PM Mad Max Says:

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StevenWright Says:

Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll stay there.

Hopefully we will get even luckier and she will take Hashomer with them.

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 08:09 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Loving this all the adl,hias,s oros work of bringing Islam to America is paying off and aipac the hack filled patronage mill is peerless to stop go ocasio cortez

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 08:27 PM Phineas Says:

Israel doesn't have to issue a visa. Trump will back Israel on that. He'd get a kick out of it.

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 08:57 PM Democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

This is who hashomer and the rest of the democrat loving Trump haters support
The future of the democrat party anti Israel Jew haters feh

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 10:48 PM ercsd Says:

One of the first things she will do as a Congress woman is to take an all expense paid trip to visit her family. She should focus on problems in her District.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 05:38 AM Gersey Says:

Let he go. See the workers lined up every morning to get jobs at three times the wage in Israel proper. Let her see the pain caused by BDS closing the very successful SodaStream factory in the West Bank, causing 440 palestinians to lose their income. Let her look over the hill from highway 443 and note all the three level mansions that those impoverished politicos reside in. Let her also go to Gaza and see the gleaming shopping malls filled with consumer goods, and the seaside mansions ( you and I would probably give our left arm to get one ) overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea, occupied by unemployed Hamas commanders.
Then report back what is ACTUALLY happening not some political spin.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 06:25 AM Anonymous Says:

How any Jew could support the democrats i have no idea

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 07:45 AM Happy Holidays Says:

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Mad Max Says:

Hopefully we will get even luckier and she will take Hashomer with them.

Hashomer lives in Gaza. He sure acts like those animals.

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 11:36 PM woodman516 Says:

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Democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

This is who hashomer and the rest of the democrat loving Trump haters support
The future of the democrat party anti Israel Jew haters feh

who made feh

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:41 AM yamsar Says:

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Happy Holidays Says:

Hashomer lives in Gaza. He sure acts like those animals.

He doesn’t and wouldn’t last 2 minutes in Gaza. Hashomer is a violently militant Zionist of the most extreme pursuasion. Although she constantly swears at, curses, rants against and criticizes the current US administration it would only follow that she would do the same related to Israel. But no, she suffers from some form of cognizant dissonance that allows here to be a leftist lunatic as it relates to US policy, and to be a Alt-right violent fascist as it relates to Israel.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 06:46 PM Anonymous Says:

perhaps we will get lucky & one or two of the fire kites will land on her! a true piece of drek!

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