Dozens of organizations, including United with Israel, brought 12,000 people to the “Stop Iran Now” rally in New York City in protest against the nuclear deal.
Some 12,000 protesters gathered at Times Square in New York City to demand that Congress reject the Iranian nuclear deal. It was among the largest rallies in Times Square’s history.
The protest rally featured some of the leading names in US Middle East policy and New York politics, including Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz and former CIA director James Woolsey.
Addressing the “Stop Iran Now” rally, Dershowitz said, “I am here as a liberal Democrat, and I urge my fellow Democrats and liberals to stand together, shoulder to shoulder.” He criticized the Obama administration for sidelining Congress during the negotiations with Iran, saying, “That is not the way democracy should operate.” He praised the rally as a “great display of democracy in action.”
Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau described opposition to the nuclear deal as “not only a strategic issue, but a moral one,” adding, “In the face of Iranian threats, does this agreement make us and our allies safer? I believe it does not.”
“This administration is giving hundred of billions, knowing some of it will go to crimes against humanity. How bad is that?” asked former NY Governor George Pataki. “Reject this deal. Protect America. Protect Israel and protect the world.”
United with Israel members, including founder Michael Gerbitz, were among the thousands of Israel supporters who attended the rally. Gerbitz said he was ״impressed with the incredible outpouring of support for this monumental cause that impacts not only Israel but the entire world.” He pledged that UWI will “continue to do everything in its power, in full force, to urge American supporters of Israel to demand from their congressional representatives that they reject this dangerous deal with Iran.”
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A notable absence at the “Stop Iran Now” rally was that of NY Senator Charles Schumer, leading attendees to chant, “Where is Chuck? Kill this deal!” Schumer indicated in a statement Wednesday that he was still undecided on the nuclear agreement. “I’ve read the agreement and I’m seeking answers to the many questions I have. Before I make a decision, I’m going to speak at length with experts on both sides,” he said.
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