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Israel to allow US Rep. Tlaib entry to visit relatives

Palestinian-American Democrat congresswoman from Michigan Rashida Tlaib (pictured) will be able to enter Israel after obtaining approval from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Friday.

Tlaib pleaded for approval to visit Israel in a letter, vowing not to promote the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) effort against the country. "I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa [near Ramallah, West Bank]. This could be my last opportunity to see her," she wrote in the letter addressed to the interior minister. Tlaib's open support for the BDS movement was considered by the Israeli government as the justification not to let her into the country for a tour with another Muslim US representative, Ilhan Omar, who remains barred by yesterday's decision.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan stated: "Congresswoman Tlaib's request to visit her grandmother must be approved. Mainly in light of its commitment to respect Israeli law and not to promote boycotts against us." She is set to visit Israel between August 18 and August 24.

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