90-year-old Muftia Tlaib, the grandmother of Rep.
Rashida Tlaib, hit back at President Donald Trump after row over her granddaughter’s visa to visit Israel.
“May Allah ruin him,” said the grandmother in Arabic in an interview, slamming the president for his words that she was lucky not to have to see Rashida Tlaib.
On Thursday, Israel barred a visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib that it had initially said it would let – but then reversed decision the next day, saying it would allow Tlaib to visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds.
However, the congresswoman rejected the offer and said the country had only imposed restrictions to humiliate her.
On Friday night, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “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 setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”
Muftia Tlaib said in an interview: “Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming. May God ruin him.”
“I was happy that she was coming, I was excited that she was coming, for her grandmother to see her,” she expressed while sitting in her garden.
Her son, Bassam Tlaib, Rashida’s uncle, said women the two hadn’t seen each other since 2006.
“She was going to slaughter a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare her favorite food, stuffed vine leave,” he shared.
“Rashida sees her granny as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her success to her grandmother.”
Like Omar, Tlaib also supported the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. The BDS opposes the occupation and policies of Israel toward Palestinians in the Gaza and West Bank.
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