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Thousands Protest In Times Square Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Thousands of pro-Israel protesters packed into New York's Times Square July 22 to demand that Congress vote down the proposed U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

Protesters, including Republican politicians, Jewish and evangelical Christian groups, chanted "Kill the deal," which they denounced as a threat to Israel and global security.

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, co-organizer of the Stop Iran Rally, claimed that 10,000 people had turned out.

Under the deal, the United States would lift economic sanctions against Iran in return for restrictions aimed at preventing the country from building nuclear weapons.

Calling it a "God awful deal," George Pataki, a former Republican governor of New York, said, "We're here as Americans to speak with one voice to say stop Iran now, reject this deal."

Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor with liberal political views, told the crowd democracy was "ignored" because the Obama administration negotiated the deal without congressional input.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP