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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

S**thole San Francisco to Prioritize Vote on Demanding Gaza Cease-Fire

'If Israel puts down its weapons, there will be no more Israel...'

(Headline USA) While they may be incapable of getting their own house in order, supervisors in far-left s**thole San Francisco have no problem weighing in on Middle Eastern politics where their virtue-signaling will have absolutely no impact whatsoever.

The S.F. Board of Supervisors said it plans a vote Tuesday on a resolution  calling for a sustained cease-fire in Gaza, although its final wording is uncertain given proposed amendments that reflect historic tensions in the region.

The resolution to be voted on by the board has no legal authority, and is among dozens that have been considered by local U.S. officials despite their irrelevance in international affairs as the IsraelHamas war enters its fourth month following a deadly Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants.

It comes as many regard the once beautiful and highly in-demand City by the Bay as being somewhat akin to the war-torn Gaza due to its mismanagement by the radical leftist lawmakers, who have allowed drug abuse, homelessness, violent crime and illegal immigration to run rampant.

The platitude-laden draft resolution introduced in December by Supervisor Dean Preston, who is Jewish, calls for humanitarian aid, the release of all hostages and condemnation of “antisemitic, anti-Palestinian, Islamophobic, and all xenophobic rhetoric and attacks.”

Preston rejected amendments by another supervisor, Matt Dorsey, who wants the resolution to include more explicit condemnation of the attack by Hamas.

Dorsey proposed the amendments at the board’s rules committee Monday, which included nearly five hours of impassioned comment from cease-fire supporters who rejected the proposed additions as extremist and racist.

Supervisor Ahsha Safaí said at the end of Monday’s hearing that the conversation has changed from whether the board should approve a cease-fire resolution to what that resolution will look like.

Pro-Hamas activist groups have blocked bridges, shut down highways, staged die-ins and earlier this month, forced California’s state Assembly to adjourn moments after convening in a desperate bid to exert pressure on public officials. While it has largely failed to move the dial in their favor, San Francisco remains among the rare exceptions to the rule.

Oakland, another politically leftist city just across the San Francisco Bay, unanimously approved a permanent cease-fire resolution in November after rejecting an amendment that would have added an explicit condemnation of Hamas.

But the Burlington City Council in Vermont last month rejected a cease-fire resolution, and the city of Berkeley in California has declined to consider one, with Mayor Jesse Arreguín saying in a statement that such resolutions “fan the flames of hatred” at home while doing nothing to resolve the violence abroad.

As has been the case at other public hearings, comment at Monday’s crowded rules committee was impassioned and lengthy. Cease-fire supporters called the resolution a common-sense stand against genocide and a declaration of the value of Palestinian lives.

Manal Elkarra, a San Francisco physician who is Palestinian American, said before Monday’s hearing that nearly 100 extended family members have been killed in Gaza and the rest have nothing, their homes destroyed.

“There’s no clean water. There’s no access to food. There’s no access to fuel. There’s no access to telecommunications. And this is being done with the support of the United States government. And we’re here to say enough,” she said.

While largely outnumbered, several speakers urged the board to reject the original resolution or to pass it with Dorsey’s amendments. They said they felt unsafe as Jewish people and were horrified by calls for the destruction of Israel.

Tyler Gregory, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Bay Area, was booed loudly when he said at the hearing that the war would be done if Hamas laid down their weapons, but “if Israel puts down its weapons, there will be no more Israel.”

After the hearing, he said that cease-fire resolutions are creating a hostile environment and encouraging acts of anti-Semitism, such as the destruction of a large menorah by Oakland’s Lake Merritt last month.

“No matter what happens” Tuesday, he said, “no one’s going to win.”

The resolution and any amendments will be before the full board Tuesday.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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