White vans equipped with cherry pickers were seen on Kingston Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, hoisting up workers so they could remove a series of signs which stretched from side to side of the neighborhood’s main street.
In response to complaints, city workers arrived in Crown Heights to remove the twenty foot banners which were hung by a group of activists, calling on residents to urge Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to vote “No” on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
While they removed the anti-Iran signs, the workers removed other signs that have been hung across Kingston Avenue as well.
One of the anti-Iran banners reads, “Death to Israel. Death to the USA”, a quote from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the days following the agreement.
Pressure is mounting on Congresswoman Clarke to vote against the deal, with hundreds of calls coming into her Brooklyn Office by concerned constituents in the past week.
Some two dozen Crown Heights synagogues and community organizations emailed their members expressing deep concern about the deal.
An evening with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to focus on Iran’s nuclear threat will take place tonight in Flatbush.
The Crown Heights Jewish Community Council has joined the event, and is urging Crown Heights residents to attend.
The event will take place tonight, Tuesday, August 11 at the Flatbush Park Jewish Center – 6363 Avenue U at 7:30 pm.
“Representative Hakeem Jeffries represents a large part of Brooklyn close to Crown Heights, and has been a good friend of the Crown Heights community,” said Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of CHJCC. “His colleague Yvette Clarke will certainly be watching his decision closely as well,” he said.
Organizers of the event say that a large turnout against the deal is essential to encourage Congressman Jeffries in his decision and prevent the tragedy that will ensue from a nuclear Iran and the release to Iran of 150 billion dollars that will almost certainly be used to promote terrorism.
“Flatbush Park Jewish Center is only a twenty minute drive down Ralph Avenue from Crown Heights,” said Cohen. “It’s not a lot to give for the security of Israel and the world. I hope that every resident of the community will attend.”