The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is pouring lobbying muscle into the legislation, which pushes for further sanctions on Iran and imposes near-impossible conditions on a final deal.

Experts warn that this bill stands in direct violation of an interim agreement reached in late November in Geneva that the U.S. will “refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions” during the six-month period the agreement is in effect.

Havaar organizers urge, “While the diplomatic engagement with the U.S should not be framed as the final step for Iran’s democratic movement, it can be a crucial step forward in reducing the social and economic hardship that has been intensified under the sanctions regime.”

Groups are calling for people across the United States to contact their senators to urge them to say “no” to the bill. In Chicago, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and other military veterans and allies picketed outside Kirk’s office to declare, “Don’t ruin the new year with a new war on Iran.”

Greg Hom writes for War Times/Tiempos Guerras, “The road to a nuclear-free Middle East, an end to the sectarian conflicts that are now gripping the region, and the flourishing of regional movements for democracy and equality will not come from increased sanctions and threats of war.”

“Instead of continuing or increasing sanctions, we call on the U.S. to promote a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East that would include both Iran and Israel — and to take major steps toward disarmament and divest itself of nuclear weapons,” declared Havaar organizers.

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