This is not a good look for Tlaib.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s campaign paid out $170,000 to an advocacy firm of an anti-Israel activist who described Israel as an “apartheid state” and advocated for the defunding of police.
According to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) filings, Tlaib’s campaign paid $147,000 since March 2020 to Unbought Power LLC, a political consulting and advocacy firm headed by Rasha Mubarak; they paid a further $23,000 in October of 2020.
Rooted in Community Leadership, Talib’s Political Action Committee lists Mubarak as a treasurer.
Described as a Palestinian Muslim American community activist in her professional bios, Mubarak called Israel an “apartheid state” in a tweet published in May 2021.
“These aren’t clashes— it’s an ongoing occupation. These aren’t evictions— they are forced expulsions.” She continued, saying the ongoing issue “isn’t a conflict— it’s settler colonialism, it’s ethnic cleansing, it’s oppression, it’s apartheid.”
She ended her tweet by stating, “Say it loud. Say it clear. Palestine will be FREE,” and added the hashtag “#SaveSheikhJarrah” to the tweet.
In September of last year, Mubarak also attacked Rep Ted Deutch (D-FL.), who is Jewish, for his remarks challenging Tlaib’s apartheid state label for Israel.
In a tweet, Mubarak stated that the Congressman was “throwing another tantrum” after he spent time attacking Tlaib “for underscoring facts also made by Human Rights Watch,” once again calling Israel an “apartheid state” in the tweet.
She’s also voiced her support for defunding the police, going as far as tweeting that the U.S. should “abolish the police” in April and confirmed these views when she called herself a police “abolitionist” in Facebook posts dated July 2020.
At that time, she also tweeted that Orange County should “defund the police.”
She also tweeted in July of 2020 in a post wishing Tlaib a happy birthday, that she was “grateful that this soul is in ALL of our lives” in a caption attached to multiple photographs of her and Rashida Tlaib. Tagging Tlaib in the tweet, she said the Congresswoman was “always fighting for what’s right no matter the pushback” and expressed her appreciation for “being on the freedom side along side” the Congresswoman.