By COLlive reporter
A grassroots effort by the Jewish community of Crown Heights to stop the Iran nuclear deal was dismissed by fellow haredi Jews as a “shande.”
Der Blatt, the Yiddish weekly newspaper published in Williamsburg, NY, wrote that the campaign to halt the deal which Israel says engenders Jewish lives was a communal embarrassment.
“Zionist activists in Crown Heights hung up signs to add pressure on local politicians to take issue with the Iran Deal,” the paper wrote on Friday about the campaign aimed to show Iran as an anti-Semitic and anti-American entity whose word cannot be trusted.
Der Blatt is a publication by Satmar chassidim, led by the Rebbe R’ Aaron Teitelbaum, and are known to be fiercely opposed to Zionism and the State of Israel. The signs, and others, have since been removed by New York City.
“This is a foolish attack,” said Yaacov Behrman, a communal activist. “A nuclear Iran is a threat to everyone in the United States and Israel. Israelis whether Jews, Arabs or even Satmar will be endangered if Iran receives a 100 billion and funds terror.”
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat representing Brooklyn, indicated on Tuesday that he’s leaning towards voting against the deal during a town hall meeting with local residents.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a Democrat who represents the 3rd largest Jewish district in the country and is in the undecided column, was seen taking notes at the event.
A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday showed that a plurality of registered voters in Brooklyn – by a 43-40 percentage point margin – oppose the deal, despite having voted to reelect President Barack Obama by 81 percent in 2012.
A national poll by Quinnipiac University shows that a majority of Americans oppose the international accord lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for new limits on its nuclear program, TheHill.com reported.
Nearly six in 10 Americans, or 57 percent, oppose the nuclear deal, while 28 percent voice support for it in the national poll released Monday, in a 2-to-1 margin against the deal.