One sweet thing that happened after Israel barred Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.): People are sending love to their “Sitty” — the Arabic name for grandmother. In a heartbeat, #My Palestinian Sitty was trending on Twitter.
Tlaib had to scuttle plans to visit her own sitty, Muftiyah Tlaib, on the West Bank after the Democratic congresswoman was barred from entering Israel on Thursday — thanks to a nudge from Donald Trump. Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, was banned from the country because of her support for the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
When Israeli officials relented on “humanitarian grounds” to allow Tlaib to see her grandmother as a private citizen, the congresswoman refused because she considered conditions for the trip to be oppressive and the government’s treatment to be humiliating. Trump appallingly scoffed in a tweet that Muftiyah Tlaib must be relieved because she “doesn’t have to see her” granddaughter now.
In true feisty grandmotherly fashion, Sitty Tlaib said she was “so proud” of her granddaughter. As for Trump, she said: “May God ruin him.”
That got people reminiscing about their own sitty.
#MyPalestinianSitty is trending and I am overcome with emotions realizing how we are finally humanizing one of the world’s most dehumanized peoples.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 18, 2019
#MyPalestinianSitty was my best friend. She was born in Yaffa, Palestine in 1927. She was forced to flee in 1948 & took her children to Lebanon as refugees. She passed this last April. I will go to Yaffa soon & bring sand back to her grave to honor her ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PraI5kaYVR
— نوال (@spiderqueen420) August 18, 2019
#MyPalestinianSitty Um Nofan, born in Ein Arik right outside of Ramallah. Her home was a cave dug into rock. No proper electricity or water due to the occupation for most her life. When I visited in 2016, she made sure I had fresh eggs, baladi bread, pomegrate, and zataar daily. pic.twitter.com/slFo3obL0k
— Stafa (@stafa23) August 18, 2019
This is #MyPalestinianSitty who passed away 4 years ago in the West Bank because she was denied proper medical treatment under israeli apartheid and strict regulation of medical imports. Palestinians are humans too and we deserve full human rights no matter what anyone says. pic.twitter.com/Ts88gFP3k7
— Samer/سامر 🇵🇸 (@WaladShami) August 18, 2019
Flood of emotions reading the #MyPalestinianSitty stories and seeing the photos. My parents left occupied Palestine before I was born so that they could raise me and my siblings free. Both of my tatas (grandmas) died under Israeli occupation before I could know them.
— Huwaida Arraf (@huwaidaarraf) August 18, 2019
#MyPalestinianSitty fled to Jordan in 1967, on foot, with 8 of her children. Although she died never able to return to Palestine, she carried her people and her culture everywhere she went. She was the strongest, funniest and most courageous woman I’ve ever known. #RIPTeta pic.twitter.com/iNAEVBJNIc
— Ramy Daoud (@RamyTheGiant) August 18, 2019
— Adam Abusalah (@adam_abusalah) August 18, 2019
This is how I always remember #mypalestiniansitty– smiling, singing, and bringing joy to all around her. Unfortunately, because of my strong Palestinian activism, I may also be barred from entering Palestine to see her. But she is proud of all I do, every day ✊🏽🇵🇸❤ pic.twitter.com/aKlAMY4n7S
— Jinan Deena (@j_deena) August 18, 2019
In honor of @RashidaTlaib, here is the sitty of Izzy Mustafa, AJP's Communications Strategist: This is my sitty. My guardian angel. A fierce Palestinian woman who shows me unconditional love every day. I carry her strength & humor with me everywhere I go. #MyPalestinianSitty pic.twitter.com/8n92cE9jOl
— Adalah Justice Project (@AdalahJustice) August 18, 2019
#MyPalestinianSitty my amazing grandmothers fled Palestine by pretty much walking to Jordan carrying anything they could, one of them raising 7 wonderful children. Missing them both everyday 💞🇵🇸@RashidaTlaib pic.twitter.com/gTf13qpprJ
— Yanal دحدح (@YanalDahdah) August 18, 2019
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 18, 2019
This #MyPalestinianSitty hashtag is in honor of @RashidaTlaib’s grandmother, Sitty Muftiya. Her courage, clarity, and fierceness are inspirational. She reminded Palestinians how much we have to be proud of. Our grandmothers teach life. pic.twitter.com/KVB4OdpmSH
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 18, 2019
One was born in a free Palestine & died without seeing it free again.
— Khadeja (@Khad3ja) August 18, 2019
— Rep. Athena Salman (@AthenaSalman) August 18, 2019
— Diana Fakhouri (@dianafakhouri) August 18, 2019
— Elias (@Elias__Hakim) August 18, 2019
Meet #MyPalestinianSitty Fatma. She witnessed the 48 war, 56 occupation of Gaza,67 reoccupation of Gaza,78 invasion of Lebanon, 82 invasion of Lebanon, 1st & 2nd Intifadas, 3 major Israeli attacks on Gaza, & 13 years of blockade w/6 hours of electricity a day. She still smiles🙂 pic.twitter.com/oHZIq1htMx
— Jehad Abusalim جهاد أبو سليم (@JehadAbusalim) August 18, 2019
— elena ☼ (@elenaaabeee) August 18, 2019
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 18, 2019