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August 7, 2015 7:44 am

Crown Heights Synagogues Mobilize in Grassroots Campaign to Swing Rep Clarke Against Iran Deal

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A banner calling for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

A banner calling for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Grassroots Jewish activists in Brooklyn have launched an extensive campaign to pressure local Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) to come out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, the Algemeiner learned on Thursday.

The campaign was aided by a representative from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who educated the community on the deal, which involved a joint initiative among local synagogues to call and pressure Clarke over several consecutive days, with shifts swapped among congregations. AIPAC did not provide any funding for the initiative.

Yosef Hershkop of the Grade Shul said he was confident that for most community members, this was the first time that they had reached out to their local representative.

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Perhaps feeling the pressure, the congresswoman’s office apparently began asking the synagogues to stop the campaign, according to Hershkop.

Separately, activists also hung banners around Brooklyn’s 9th congressional district, including on Kingston, Albany and Brooklyn avenues, though the latter was removed as a safety hazard.

The posters included messages such as “Don’t Let Iran Get the Bomb: Urge Congresswoman Clarke to Vote No,” and “The Iran Deal Endangers Us All.”

The campaign came as two other New York Democrats, reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced their opposition to the deal.

AIPAC pledged up to $40 million in efforts to persuade Congress members to vote against the Iran deal, and perhaps to secure a congressional majority to override President Barack Obama if he vetoes Congress’ ruling.

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  • SARA RIFKA

    if you have to lean towards pressure its not a working place of station……i as a cdn. love watching the foolish and stupid americans palm their way through the world.

    not as smart as you think you are…..

    but this is not for not…i love the sea of black hats its the one thing that lets me know the world ticks…..

    so if any part of this world is hurt…demo or rep……it remains to be true that it iS americans in nature that is at fault……and that means
    as always we will walk alone

    thank g_d for shabbos nd knowing this sea of hats will always be an arrow and a path of direction

    this america is the only part of what truly keeps you alive…….however your world is filled with crap and its human……obama….ha……it is not even his name

    what a dress up for becoming president…..not negotiable …..no words will any longer change the point of my thoughts…..americans are a sorry sort of thieves murderers and families who barely can fight your arms reach…..to those i wish you life and to the others….don’t even care…

    • Paula Goldman

      Sara Rifka, I find much of your treatise obnoxious and predjudiced.

      Wake up! It’s 2015 not 1905. And it has the stench of Anti-Semitism.

      Plus, America is not Israel.

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