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Stop Iran Now rally flyer

The rally taking place in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, July 22, is being called ‘the Civil Rights fight for American Jewry,’ by at least one of the organizers.

Thousands are expected to show up to hear the more than a dozen headliners explain in detail why the nuclear program deal agreed to by the P5+1, led by the U.S. negotiators, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is a dangerously bad one that must be stopped. Buses are bringing people in from Philadelphia and Delaware, and people from as far away as Chicago have committed to coming.

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The JewishPress.com spoke with several of the key organizers of the rally, in order to learn what they hope to achieve from the event, and why they devoted so many hours of their lives to make it happen.

We spoke with Jeff Wiesenfeld, a New York City businessman, Sarri Singer, a victim of Middle East terrorism that was funded by Iran, and Lauri Regan, a New York City lawyer.

Of the three, Singer has a very personal reason for throwing her all into helping to organize a massive rally in an effort to thwart Iran’s efforts to continue its reign as the number one global supporter of terrorism.

VICTIM OF IRANIAN-SPONSORED TERRORISM IS ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS

Twelve years ago last month, Singer was in Israel. On June 11, 2003, Singer was riding on the number 14 bus in Jerusalem. An 18-year old Palestinian Arab boarded the bus, and soon after, he self-detonated. One hundred people were injured, 16 were murdered. Every one of the people sitting around Singer died. Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombing, and Iran is the funding source for Hamas.

“I survived when everyone around me was killed. This is my responsibility to do whatever I can to hold accountable the people who funded that act of terrorism, and so many others, and to do whatever I can to prevent them from destroying the lives of so many more people,” Singer said.

That day in June, a dozen years ago, changed Singer’s life. She founded and runs Strength to Strength, an organization that helps victims of terrorism around the world deal with their trauma, and brings them together so that they can help support each other.

But on this fight, for this rally, Singer is working with an ad hoc group of activists. As a survivor of Iranian-funded terrorism, Singer sees herself as naturally someone for whom this fight is worth the countless hours and conference calls and logistics.

“But I’m amazed that there are so many others who are so dedicated to fighting this evil.

“There is no other way for me to live my life,” Singer continued. “And all the speakers, all these experts who will be at the rally, they provide a voice for all of us.”

Jeff Wiesenfeld also finds it quite natural to be at the forefront of the rally to Stop Iran Now! Wiesenfeld doesn’t mince words when it comes to discussing others who are not yet doing all they can do.

Wiesenfeld spoke on the phone to the JewishPress.com in a hoarse voice Monday afternoon. He has spent many hours in meetings and making telephone calls, cajoling, wheedling, encouraging and demanding that others work as hard as he does to ensure the enormous undertaking runs as smoothly as possible, and includes the broadest possible spectrum of experts and orators.

“I know everyone of the speakers has a very specific point to make, a point about which they are experts in the field,” Wiesenfeld rasped. “These speakers reflect a broad spectrum of society, not just concerned Jews, but people who can intelligently speak to the horrific flaws in this deal.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

13 COMMENTS

  1. Bottom line. The only way to stop the deal with a Iran is to get a 2/3’s majority. You need all of the republicans and some democrats. The only way to get some democrats is to get Chuck Schumer to vote against it. I know you are being told to call your own senators, but Chuck Schumer is the key. He is going to be the next senate minority leader and the head of the Democratic Party. These calls are URGENT. If you want to stop this deal Chuck Schumer is the man to call. This is the call that will make a difference.
    Theses are his offices.
    Washington DC 202-224-6542
    Albany 518-431-4070
    NYC 212-486-4430
    Binghamton 607-772-6792
    OFFICE HOURS ARE 10:00-2:00
    Please contact your OWN senators as well especially if they are democrats. Opening up billions to a country that vows our death doesn’t really sound like a great idea. This betrayal is for money and oil. Please let your friends know. If each of us posts this 20 times we will get this done. We must do this together. We are Americans, this is not a dictatorship.

  2. When did Israel commit Apartheid? When did Israel commit genocide? When did Israel attack its neighbors for NO REASON other than to protect itself from terrorists attacks? Where do you get all this information?

  3. Boulderphinfan Nob Perhaps you will see this when your brothers stop bombing and killing innocent Israelis and then hiding behind the backs of children and women! Get you facts right. As for Iran not invading other countries, they did go to war with Iraq, and if not checked they keep saying they are going to wipe Israel of the map and now they are saying the same thing about the United States. How long do you think Israel and the United States will wait to be attacked before some republican decides not to wait and goes ahead and launches a premeptive strike. One more thing. Israel says they do not have atomic bombs do you believe them?

  4. Boulder, Be man or woman enough to use your real name. You are obviously unaware of any Biblical history or the history of islam (your chosen religion of peace, I presume). I suggest you read the marvelous thinker, writer of the human condition, Eric Hoffer, his 1968 L.A. Times article concerning the Jews and their significance in this world. He opined the following, "As goes Israel, so it will go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us."

  5. It is about time that we stand up for what is right as Jews throughout the world, because this could be a fight for Israelis very existence this what happens when this country elects presidents U.S. senators like chuck schumer

  6. Where are all the liberal activists now now hat their can be a nuclear holcaust against Israel when Iran has vowed to wipe Israel off the earth along with other nations that it does not like including the u.s. And why doesn't chuck schumer come completely out against the deal?could it be that he is really for it and that he does not want to hurt his chances of becoming the head democratic minority whip and also he does always want to be the presidents lapdog forever?

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