County supervisor candidate Bryan Parker visited
Israel for a sponsored event in mid-January.
It's beginning to become clear why Alameda County Board of Supervisors candidate Bryan Parker was recently in Israel, despite no clear connections between his campaign against Supervisor Nate Miley this June.
Parker is headlining a discussion this Sunday afternoon put on by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The event at Oakland's Temple Beth Abraham is titled, "An African American Perspective on the U.S.-Israel Relationship."
According AIPAC's web site, Parker is listed as a "Recent American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) Trip Participant."
"Bryan will discuss what drew him to Israel, what he learned on the AIEF mission, how Israel advocacy connects to the various facets of his personal and professional life and what motivates him to share his pro-Israel advocacy message with other members of the Bay Area African American community," according to the invitation for the event.
Last January, Parker visited Israel, according to his campaign's Facebook page.
The nexus between Parker, the supervisorial district's black community and Israel seems odd. One explanation could be Parker's political consultant, Lisa Tucker, who also worked for Tri Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell's campaigns.
Swalwell's campaign treasury has always been larded with pro-Israel special interests. The second-term congressman is also one of the biggest supporters of Israel in the entire Bay Area.