Several Holocaust survivors joined elected officials on Wednesday to oppose the Iran nuclear deal in front of the office of a New York City congressman who said he would support the pact.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind and state Sens. Simcha Felder and Jesse Hamilton protested outside Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s office in Manhattan. Considered the dean of the city’s liberal Democratic legislative contingent, Nadler surprised many of his constituents by voicing support for the deal.
The inclusion of Holocaust survivors is significant — Nadler’s district is home to the largest number of Holocaust survivors in the United States.
Speakers included Shirley Feinbuch, an Auschwitz survivor; and Jack Ratz, who survived the Gottendorf concentration camp. They connected the Holocaust to Iran’s repeated threats to annihilate Israel and the regime’s Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.
Five other survivors were at the rally.
“The proposed deal with Iran is a serious predicament for the Jewish people,” Hikind asserted. “Holocaust survivors in particular know all too well the tyranny of dictators.”
On Wednesday night, Councilman David Greenfield was scheduled to host a rally at the Jewish Children’s Museum to press the four Brooklyn congress members — Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney — who have not said how they will vote.