Thousands Rally Against Iran Nuclear Deal In Times Square


Ten thousand people rallied in New York City’s Times Square to make their voices heard in opposition to the Iran deal.

Approximately 10,000 people crammed into New York City’s Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

Protesters, consisting mainly of pro-Israel and right-wing supporters, view the deal as a huge threat to the safety and security of both the United States and Israel.

The Stop Iran Rally was coordinated by the Jewish Rapid Response Coalition, in partnership with more than 80-other organizations, including Middle East Forum, StandWithUs and CAMERA. The two-hour event featured numerous speakers, including congressmen and Israel advocates, all urging the crowd to voice their opinions to denounce a deal that was unanimously panned by those in attendance as overwhelmingly detrimental to the future of this country and Israel. Speeches were followed by short videos depicting the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

Protesters held up anti-Iran signs, facing both the crowd and passers-by on Seventh Avenue, while chanting “Kill this deal.” Police barricaded streets and traffic trickled through the crowd, some of whom were cloaked in American or Israeli flags.

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, of the 79 percent of people who have heard about this deal, 48 percent disagree with it.

Additionally, only 3 percent said they have a great amount of trust that Iran will hold up its end of the bargain.

Steve Feldman, executive director of the Zionist Organization of America for the greater Philadelphia district, traveled to the rally with a group of more than 50 Philadelphians. He said it’s important to show solidarity for the issue.

He added that this deal would put lives in jeopardy, and “all the tikkun olam that we want to do as Jewish people can’t be done.”

Feldman said rallies are just the first step, and he stressed the importance of continuing advocacy by reaching out to congressmen.

Congress has 60 days until a final decision must be made. If Congress votes against the deal, President Barack Obama can veto it. Overriding the veto requires two-thirds approval from the House and Senate.

Until those 60 days are up, Feldman said his work is not done.

“I’m here as an American. I’m here as a Jew. I’m here as someone who cares deeply about Israel,” he said. “We have to think about the present so that there is a future.”

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