Arutz Sheva got the chance to interview New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) on Thursday, just before he and eight other Jewish protesters were arrested for their act of civil disobedience in lying on the sidewalk in front of the office of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The assemblyman's protest aimed to pressure Schumer – who reportedly is wavering on whether or not to support the deal reached with Iran last Tuesday on its nuclear program – to use his senior position to oppose the deal and defeat it in Congress.
Hikind told Arutz Sheva that he and those with him will sit on the sidewalk and be arrested "to make the statement of how critical and how important this is for everybody. This is about nuclear weapons…this is a fundamental issue of survival."
The civil disobedience targeting Schumer was meant "to help convince him to do the right thing…to oppose this disastrous deal that guarantees that Iran will have nuclear weapons."
"There is no question that Iran will have nuclear weapons, and the implications for that are disastrous, not just for Israel, for the Middle East – for America. Ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons can be aimed at the United States of America," warned Hikind.
He noted that Schumer has long touted himself as a shomer, Hebrew for guard or protector, of the Jewish community.
According to the assemblyman, this is Schumer's opportunity to prove his worthiness of his name; "this is the chance to do the right thing, to go against the president and to lead the fight, not just to vote against it but to lead the fight as well."
There will be a "long battle" in Congress where the deal is currently undergoing a 60-day review, said Hikind, who stressed this is the time for the American Jewish community to step up and speak out in defense of Israel, which Iran has vowed to wipe off the map.
"We cannot permit this to be like during the Holocaust when six million American Jews here in America didn't do everything they should have done for the Jews who were being murdered 10,000 a day in Auschwitz and the concentration camps…this is a test for us."
Hikind expressed his hopes that Schumer will be a "shomer Yisrael," a guardian of Israel, along with "Hakadosh Baruch Hu," the Holy One blessed be He.
Ahead of Hikind's protest, on Wednesday roughly 10,000 Americans protested the Iran deal in iconic Times Square.
The deal has been criticized for among other things leaving Iran's nuclear program completely intact, ignoring key nuclear installations where its nuclear weapons testing is said to be being held, stipulating that the West will train Iran to block sabotage on its nuclear program, lifting the UN arms embargo on Iran, and lifting sanctions against its top terror commander.