An anti-Israel Democrat has called a bid to unseat her “textbook racism” and “an existential threat to the black community”.
Congresswoman Summer Lee made the comments in a private Facebook group about Aipac (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) that is seeking to remove her as representative in Pennsylvania.
Lee was one of just ten who voted against a bill that asserted the House “stands with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists.”
She also supported a resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza that did not mention Hamas terrorism.
One of her followers on Facebook told her that Aipac was not supporting her over her “blatant anti-Israel positions.”
Responding, Lee wrote: “I understand that faces don’t always matter to you and the black community’s needs definitely don’t matter to you ... but what Aipac does to me is textbook anti-blackness.”
In another post she wrote: “Aipac is not supporting those black candidates to be supportive of their community’s needs if the only issue it cares about is their own. That’s textbook racism actually.”
And in another she wrote: “Since no one else will say it, I will: Aipac is an existential threat to the black community and its right to self [determination].”
Aipac spokesperson Marshall Wittmann called Lee’s statements “slanderous” and a “transparent attempt to hide her strident anti-Israel record.”
He pointed out that Aipac has supported candidates of all races.
AIPAC is planning to spend a record amount of money in a bid to remove candidates who have been overly critical of Israel.
It has a full slate of targets, top of which is Ilhan Omar. The congresswoman has called Israel’s response to Hamas a “war crime”. In the 2022 primary she came within 2,500 votes of being unseated.