Democratic representative faces Islamophobia allegations over anti-BDS flyer
Representative William Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat, is facing Islamophobia accusations after his campaign sent a flyer featuring the photo of Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour to attack his progressive challenger over her support for the BDS campaign.
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The campaign literature calls out Clay's progressive challenger Cori Bush over being endorsed by Sarsour, describing the Muslim organizer - who is a frequent target of right-wing attacks - as "an anti-Israel activist and a leader of the BDS movement in the United States."
Bush, who entered public life as a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the past, but foreign policy has not been a major issue in the race, Middle East Eye reported.
The challenger's campaign was quick to condemn Clay's attack, saying that Bush rejects all forms of bigotry and believes that Israelis and Palestinians "alike deserve to live in dignity and security."
"Cori Bush has always been sympathetic to the BDS movement, and she stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people just as they have stood in solidarity with Black Americans fighting for their own lives," her campaign said in a statement on Saturday.
The campaign also noted that the photo on the mailer showing Sarsour and Bush together was taken at an interfaith event featuring Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders rallying against racism and anti-immigrant policies by the Trump administration.
"Of course, Clay failed to provide the context in which the photo was taken to stoke fears of antisemitism and promote Islamophobia, both of which are unacceptable," the campaign said.