February 26, 2024

The Oakland City Council in California voted to issue a resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war after a meeting during which speakers made anti-Israel comments. The move has been criticised as being anti-Semitic. The resolution focused on a permanent ceasefire, but did not mention Hamas’ attack on Israel. The measure also condemned a recent spike in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and called for more humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza. A Jewish council member tried to amend the resolution to acknowledge Hamas’ attack on Israel, but the amendment was not approved. The council’s resolution has been criticised for spreading a culture of anti-Semitism in Oakland.