The 90-year-old grandmother of Rep. Rashida Tlaib ripped President Trump for his comments about her controversial granddaughter's off-again visit to the Land of Milk and Honey.
Tlaib, like Omar, has voiced support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which opposes the occupation and Israel's policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
"Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart", she said in a statement.
He later slammed Tlaib's decision to "obnoxiously" turn down the special waiver that Israel had granted, despite "desperately wanting to visit her grandmother".
"We were happy that she decided not to come", said Hayyat Tlaib, 52, the wife of the congresswoman's uncle.
Israel on Thursday banned Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, both Democrats, from entering the country due to their support of the BDS movement. "I'm really very sad", her grandmother, who is in her 80s, told NBC News on Saturday.
Trump said Israel was "respectful & nice" to Tlaib. "Silencing me with treatment to make me feel less-than is not what she wants for me - it would kill a piece of me that always stands up against racism and injustice".
Pelosi said she had "great, great, great sadness" over the decision, but she was not discouraging other lawmakers from visiting Israel.
Israel on Thursday barred Tlaib and Omar - the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress - after initially saying it would allow their visit.
Tlaib is the grandmother of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the center of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against US Democrats. Both are members of the Democratic party's progressive wing and sharp critics of Trump and Israel.
The Trump administration, which is particularly close to the Netanyahu government, has touted its own peace plan but details remain vague.
People hold signs in support of US Democratic Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district Rashida Tlaib during "Shabbat in the Park With Rashida" on August 16, 2019 in Pallister Park in Detroit, Michigan. The government then granted her permission for the objective of "a humanitarian visit" on the condition she promised to not promote boycotts against the country.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Omar, along with Representative Ayanna Pressley of MA - all representatives in their first term and all women of color - have referred to themselves as the Squad.
In a series of tweets last month, Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to the "broken" countries they came from.