Rashida Tlaib suggests a boycott of Bill Maher's show

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Mr. Trump tweeted several times on Friday night about Tlaib, writing that "Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her 'grandmother.'" He then suggested it was a "setup" and and wrote "the only real victor here is Tlaib's grandmother".

Despite the disappointment over having to forgo meetings, meals and ceremonies in Tlaib's honor, other Palestinians NBC News spoke to said they backed her decision, saying they'd prefer she visited as a USA representative than as an ordinary citizen on a family trip.

Omar's resolution does not identify Israel, and most observers readily accept that she is referring to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

"This could be my last opportunity to see her".

She and Tlaib have close ties with CAIR, the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which is believed to be linked with Hamas. Her request was granted, but she rejected it because of what she called "oppressive conditions" set for her trip.

She added that she even prepared a traditional Palestinian dress to give USA congressman as a gift.

"We were happy that she decided not to come", said Hayyat Tlaib, 52, the wife of the congresswoman's uncle.

Tlaib said on Twitter: "Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me". "It would kill a piece of me that always stands up against racism and injustice".

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced early Friday that Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see relatives.

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"Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother". "Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete set-up".

She wanted to go to the village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa to "pick figs" with her grandmother, but ultimately declined. "She doesn't have to see her now!"

"This type of oppression is painful for all humanity", said Tlaib, "but it is especially painful for me personally every time I hear my loving family members cry out for the freedom to live and the right to feel human".

The curator of the competition, Masoud Shojai, said at the time that the competition would continue until "the destruction of Israel", according to the Associated Press.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under global law. Trump's acceptance of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in the 1967 war, provided a boost to Netanyahu ahead of April's elections.

The boycott movement aims to end global support for Israel because of its policies toward Palestinians, as well as its continued construction of West Bank settlements, considered a violation of worldwide law.

Maher also cited controversial statements Omar has made in the past about Israel, saying that he could see why the two congresswomen wouldn't receive a "hero's welcome".

Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country's media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.

On Thursday, the day before they were set to embark on their trip, Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri chose to block them from coming after all, with Netanyahu supporting the decision. Supporters say the movement is a nonviolent way of protesting Israel's military rule over the occupied territories, but Israel says it aims to delegitimize the state and eventually wipe it off the map.

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