NY Assemblyman After Arrest Calls to Stop Iran

Hikind explains why he got arrested outside Senator Schumer's office, and what concerned Americans can do to stop the 'Swiss cheese' deal.

Uzi Baruch ,

Dov Hikind
Dov Hikind
Uzi Baruch

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday about his arrest last Thursday in front of the office of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which came after Hikind used civil disobedience to press Schumer to block the Iran nuclear deal.

In the protest, Hikind and eight other Jewish activists were arrested for sitting down on the sidewalk in front of Schumer's office, in an act he says was meant to make a statement about how important the deal is. Schumer was targeted because he holds a key role in influencing how Congress will vote on the deal, said Hikind.

Hikind said that Schumer has long touted himself as a shomer, or guardian, of the Jewish people, and now is his time to prove it in opposing a deal that is "so dangerous for everyone, but especially for the people of Israel."

No one should feel they have no means to fight the deal according to the assemblyman, who noted that G-d will "do what He has to do, but only if we do everything in our power."

There are over 100,000 American citizens living in Israel, and Hikind called on them to call senators in the US to vote against the deal, as should concerned Americans in the US.

"Who doesn't believe" the Iranians when they threaten to destroy Israel, posed Hikind, as indeed occurred the Friday before the deal was signed when millions of Iranians took to the streets during Iran's annual "death to Israel" day.

Hikind reminded that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler talked about destroying the Jewish people, and "people said 'nah, he's just saying it, he doesn't mean it.' Who is ready to take such a chance?"

"We must act. We must do. We should never give up in terms of doing the right thing," he said, whether in terms of making calls or praying.

The assemblyman noted that new things are being revealed about the deal all the time exposing it to be "like Swiss cheese, it's full of holes." His concerns come after it was revealed that classified sections of the deal have Iran inspecting its own covert nuclear facilities.