Coalition for Peace Action to host emergency rally tonight to protest Trump’s decision on Iran deal

In response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action will hold an emergency protest rally on Hinds Plaza from 5 to 6 p.m. this evening, May 9, to call on the federal government to reverse the decision.

Confirmed speakers include: Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad;  Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action treasurer;  Niki VanAller, assistant director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy will perform at the rally.

“We are outraged that President Trump is undermining a major diplomatic success, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, that will keep Iran at least a year away from a nuclear bomb for at least eight more years,” Moore said. “After that, the most stringent verification regime in history would remain in place and would ensure that the world would have at least a year’s notice if they pursued one after that. This is the epitome of making the perfect the enemy of the good. It will almost certainly provoke Iran’s rival, Saudi Arabia, to also rapidly produce nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the world’s most volatile region.”

Moore added that the decision comes just weeks before the probable Trump Summit with North Korea’s leader. He said it undermines the chance of resolving the nuclear crisis there through diplomacy.

“We will voice the common-sense option polls show is supported by nearly two-thirds of Americans, by demanding that this decision be reversed, so yet another nuclear crisis and war in the heart of the Middle East can be avoided, Moore said. “We must prevent yet another unnecessary war, this one far worse than Afghanistan or Iraq, by supporting this hard-won and verifiable agreement.”

Trump justified the exit by claiming that Iran is building a nuclear program, without providing evidence that this is true. “At the heart of the deal was a giant fiction,” Trump said on Tuesday. He also announced that the U.S. will re-impose sanctions against Iran. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called the move “a psychological war” and said he believes the agreement can survive with the support of other countries.  Leaders in Germany, France and the United Kingdom said they had “regret and concern” about Trump’s decision and planned to continue abiding by the agreement. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he fully supports Trump’s decision.

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7 Responses

  • Where were the protests when Obama gave billions of dollars to this anti Semitic regime whose formal international foreign policy is to destroy the US, Israel and every Jew on the planet? Only in Princeton would an organization with the name, Coalition for Peace Action, be marching to support the death of Americans and Jews.

  • This doesn’t look to be an honest intellectual event. When billing as experts when they have ZERO content or experience is quite silly.

    Rob Goldston – is NOT an expert on international treaties, international relations, nuclear disarmament or national security. He is a scientist and an alt left Trump hater. Just read his tweets and posts.

    Ahmad Farzad – an expert? Yes if you have a sore throat or ear ach. He is an Otolaryngology specialist in Pennington. How is he an expert?

    Why is there so much hate in Princeton for Trump, Jews and Israel?

    I wish PlanetPrinceton would stop posting event and press releases as news!

    • The self hatred mystifies me. Better deal with the problem now than kick it down the road as 41, 42, 43 & 44 did with that lunatic in North Korea. Now it’s a medium size one. In a few years it will be huge.

  • From the intercept: “In March, a statement signed by 100 U.S. national security veterans from across the political spectrum said the nuclear agreement “enhances U.S. and regional security” and “ditching it would serve no national security purpose.” Fifty of the 100 signatories were retired U.S. military officers, including leading Republicans such as retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to George H.W. Bush, and retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as director of both the NSA and the CIA under George W. Bush.”

    • So now the Alt Left praises Bush era advisers, who they wanted to put in jail, as being voices of reason…Priceless. Joe why do the protesters and their supporters hate Israel and Jews so much?

      • Even many Israelis want to keep the Iran deal.
        From CBS News: “….but some in Israel’s government and security establishment see it as a least-bad option that should be preserved.” [snip]
        “Shortly before Trump’s announcement, the former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency said Iran is “fully complying with the nuclear deal.” Tamir Pardo told a security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya there “still will be a need for some kind of deal at the end of the day.””
        And: “In a recent interview, Israeli military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told Haaretz that he knows of no violations of the nuclear deal by Iran, though he said Israel is closely watching.

        “If its intentions change, we will know. Right now the agreement, with all its faults, is working and is putting off realization of the Iranian nuclear vision by 10 to 15 years,” he told the paper.”

  • Further down the feed there’s an announcement about a rally in support of freeing a student unlawfully imprisoned in Iran. Maybe these two groups can have their rallies together and share expenses. Oh wait . . .

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