In Ohio, Jewish groups push to keep progressive candidate out of congress

Activists warn that if Nina Turner gains ground in her run for Congress in Ohio, it could mean trouble for Israel down the road.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ohio Statehouse
Ohio Statehouse

Nina Turner, a prospective congresswoman from Ohio, has called Israel an "apartheid" state, calling to place conditions on aid to the Jewish state, while at the same time posting pro-Palestinian Authority content.

Turner's Twitter account has featured unequivocal posts with slogans like "Palestinian lives matter" and a demand that Israel abandon attempts to evict illegal residents from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Her campaign has recently gained steam.

Turner's controversial position has brought her support from anti-Israel lobbies, including one saying that she is "a frightening specter for oil companies, pro-Israel lobbies, and Big Pharma." The Salon calls her a "dynamic new champion in Congress, who has the guts to stand up for what she believes."

Jewish and pro-Israel political activists have begun pushing back against Turner's campaign, lending their support to staunchly pro-Israel Shontel Brown, running in the same district.

The group posted a firm endorsement for Brown on Twitter, and was quickly joined by Rabbi Pinchas Landis of Cleveland, both of them urging citizens to make sure to register properly so they can vote for Brown in the upcoming polls.

"Nina Turner has expressed more concern for Sheikh Jarrah Palestinians then she has for most of her constituents." Rabbi Elchanan Poupko president of EITAN The American Israeli Jewish Network added. "In 2016 she preferred to support a third party candidate then mainstream Democrats. She was endorsed by Linda Sarsour and Rashida Talib who are known for their antipathy to the Jewish community"

"if we do not want to see another Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib in Congress now is our time to vote." Rabbi Elchanan Poupko added. "We cannot afford more elected officials turning Congress into a platform for hate and turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism".