Israel lobby’s Black allies aim to unseat Rashida Tlaib

CNN commentator Bakari Sellers seeks to remove the sole Palestinian American in the US House of Representatives through effort of new PAC. (credit: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)
Right-wing Israel lobby interests seek to foment dissent among democratic constituencies.

By Michael F. Brown | The Electronic Intifada  | June 9, 2022

What it actually appears to be is a right-wing Israel lobby effort to promote Black supporters of Israel within the Democratic Party at a time when the party’s base is decisively shifting its support to the Palestinian struggle.

CNN commentator Bakari Sellers is aiming to remove from Congress its one Palestinian American representative.

The longtime Israel supporter is backing a new political action committee that is pouring money into a primary challenge against Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Urban Empowerment Action PAC says it will spend “upwards of $1,000,000 on TV, digital, mail, radio and print advertising to support Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey.”

Winfrey is running against Tlaib in primary elections scheduled for August.

The winner will be the Democratic Party’s nominee in the US general election in November when voters will choose a new House of Representatives. Because the southeast Michigan district at play votes heavily Democratic, whoever wins the August primary is almost guaranteed to go to Congress.

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