Birthright Alumni Group Urges Members to Lobby Senators Against Iran Deal

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An annual Birthright event in Jerusalem.Credit: Emil Salman

A Birthright-Israel alumni group has called on members to lobby their senators and congressmen against the Iran nuclear deal, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.

In an email sent Tuesday to the listserv of alumni in the New York area, The Alumni Community urged members to "help the State of Israel by contacting your congressman and senator and requesting that they reject this deal and override [U.S.] President [Barack] Obama’s veto of their decision."

Obama has vowed to veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of a nuclear deal that was reached by Iran and six world powers on Tuesday in Vienna, Austria.

Rebecca Sugar, who leads The Alumni Community, emphasized in an email to BuzzFeed that her organization is separate from Birthright-Israel.

“Michael Steinhardt who co-founded Birthright is our Chairman,” Sugar wrote. “We are recognized as the alumni organization on the ground in NY but we have a separate board, separate funding etc. The email I sent was from The Alumni Community not Birthright Israel.”