What Happened: U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib has canceled her trip to Israel after the country's government accepted an initial petition for her to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit family in the West Bank, Haaretz reported Aug. 16.
Why It Matters: Tlaib's decision to cancel her trip reflects growing pressure by U.S. grassroots activists that remain critical of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Israel previously attempted to defuse some tensions by allowing Tlaib to enter the country after barring her and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar on Aug. 15.
Background: Israel decided to bar Omar and Tlaib due to their support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which is gaining increasing support in the United States. However, after bipartisan backlash to the decision surfaced, including from the lawmakers' congressional colleagues, Israel reversed course on Tlaib.