STOP IRAN NOW rallies took place on Sunday, July 26, as thousands gathered to protest the Iran Nuclear Deal in Los Angeles and San Diego. Students and community members of all faiths stood together in both cities to urge Congress to vote NO and hold strong for an agreement that would protect the U.S. and our allies and prevent a nuclear Iran and the high likelihood of nuclear terrorism.
Brandishing signs that implored, “The World Cannot Afford a Nuclear Iran,” and, “A Nuclear Iran Threatens All of Us,” they warned, “Don’t Let Our Kids Inherit a Nuclear Iran.” The signs and speakers conveyed the clear message: People will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, nor a congress that allows that to happen.
Letters were signed in English and Spanish, which will be delivered to Congress. People were urged to continue their activism for the next 50 days. Attendees were told to pick up a pen, a phone and let congress hear their voices on this dangerous moment in history.
A message repeated by many speakers at both rallies included the grave concern that giving funds to the most dangerous exporter of terrorism today would endanger the entire world. That the Iran deal in its current form actually paves the way to a nuclear Iran within the next 15 years. That a country that shouts “Death to America, Death to England and Death to Israel” and who created and funds the terrorist group Hezbollah, (with cells around the world) should not be trusted.
Los Angeles rally speakers included StandWithUs CEO and co-founder Roz Rothstein who also introduced each person. Speakers included: Reza Farahan, TV star, Dennis Prager, syndicated radio talk show host; Roozbeh Farahanipour, head of Iranian anti-regime dissident group “Marz-e por Gohar;” Televangelist Hazem Farraj; Pastor Lorraine Coconato, Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple; LA District Attorney Elan Carr; Pastor Waymen Ming, David Suissa, journalist, Pastor Kevin Dieckilman, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of the Pico Shul and Rabbi Marvin Heir from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Caroline Glick, managing editor of the Jerusalem Post was one of the speakers at the San Diego rally, riveting the audience as she also did a week before when she spoke to 12,000 people who attended the STOP IRAN New York rally on July 21. In San Diego, Emcee John Davidi kept the rally moving as speakers gave impassioned talks about the grave threat a nuclear Iran poses to the world. Speakers in San Diego included: Sara Schoonmaker, Associate Director of StandWithUs San Diego, AIPAC representative Daniel Schwimmer, Rabbi Arnold Kopikis, Pastor Jim Garlow and Rosemary Schindler Garlow, college student Gracie Walker, attorney Mitch Danzig, and politician Philip Graham. The American National Anthem was sung by songwriter, Jonathan Valverde.