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Addressing Israel ban, Tlaib tears up recalling childhood visits to West Bank

In her first press conference since she and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) were barred from entering Israel, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) teared up while recalling the conditions that she and her family were subjected to during childhood visits to the West Bank.

Tlaib says she won't visit Israel despite permission to visit family

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said Friday that she will not enter Israel due to the "oppressive conditions" placed upon her visit, despite the Israeli government's permission to enter Israel on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the occupied West Bank, including her 90-year-old grandmother.

The big picture: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed course yesterday after pressure from President Trump and barred Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from a planned visit to Israel and the West Bank, saying the trip was meant "to strengthen the boycott and delegitimize Israel." In a letter requesting the visit to her family, Tlaib said she would "respect [her] restrictions" and would not "promote boycotts against Israel."