Rashida Tlaib releases photograph of other grandma: ‘One fierce woman’

The US Congresswoman recently gained worldwide attention after she was granted permission to visit her other grandmother, and canceled the visit.

August 18, 2019 18:28
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Rashida Tlaib releases photograph of other grandma: ‘One fierce woman’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listens to testimony during a hearing of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee on "Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. (photo credit: JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS)

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib released a photograph of her other grandmother, saying “she was proud of being from Beit Hanina and was one fierce woman.”

Tlaib has often mentioned her living grandmother who lives in Beit Ur al-Fauka, in the West Bank, but this seems to be the first time she has discussed her other one. Tlaib did not write her other grandmother’s name and it appears she is no longer alive.

#MyPalestinianSitty was trending on Twitter late on Saturday. "Sitty" is Arabic for "grandmother."

"#MyPalestinianSitty is trending and I am overcome with emotions realizing how we are finally humanizing one of the world’s most dehumanized peoples," tweeted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Tlaib requested that Interior Minister Arye Deri grant her permission to visit her grandmother in Beit Ur al-Fauka, saying that she is in her 90’s and this could be the last time she gets to see her. Deri granted permission, as Tlaib was willing at the time to commit to not endorse any calls to boycott the Jewish state while in the West Bank.

She later changed her mind and canceled the visit.

US President Donald Trump mocked her public change of heart, saying she must not love her grandmother all that much.

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