This is from the Jewish Community Relations Council:
On Tuesday afternoon, the Richmond City Council is scheduled to vote on an inflammatory and biased resolution accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid in Gaza. You can read the full text of the proposed resolution here.
We need you to tell the Richmond City Council: “Vote No on Anti-Israel Resolution R-1”
1) Email the City Council Now:
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Here’s the sample text, that I modified to be personal to me:
“Dear Richmond City Council Members,
I am a San Francisco resident and a granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors. I am writing in strong opposition to Tuesday’s Resolution Item R-1 – an inflammatory and biased statement about the Israel-Hamas conflict. Not only does the resolution lack any factual basis, but it will also deeply exacerbate the trauma and vulnerability of the local Jewish community. I am terrified by this Resolution and the possibility that you might pass it.
Among its many glaring shortcomings, the proposed resolution fails to mention that this conflict started after Hamas terrorists murdered 1,400 innocent Israeli citizens and foreign nationals. In addition, the resolution text falsely accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing and collective punishment, while offensively referencing the Holocaust to condemn Israel’s response to the Hamas attacks. If Israel wanted ethnic cleansing, why would they offer a two state solution 5 times, only to be rejected? There are so many falsehoods, and misunderstandings!”
In the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks our local Jewish community is feeling unsafe and terrified, and this resolution’s lack of empathy for Jews will only exacerbate the pain the community is feeling. Instead of sowing division, I am asking City Council to condemn all forms of hate and take steps to support all residents with loved ones in the region.
Feel free to reach out to me directly if you would like to discuss, or have any questions— 415-533-2433. Thank you for your consideration.
2) Speak During the Meeting on Tuesday
JCRC is organizing speakers to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday afternoon and provide public comment. Register here to join this JCRC effort. JCRC will send volunteers specific instructions for public comment, updates on the meeting, and an alert of when public comment is starting. Click here for JCRC talking points and guidance for public comments.
3) Tell Your Richmond Network to Get Involved:
We need everyone’s help to oppose this resolution. Tell your friends, family, and professional networks in Richmond about this upcoming vote and ask them to send emails and make public comment. Feel free to share this message and the action alert graphic below.
But wait! There’s more! ?
SF DCCC Anti-Israel Resolution is an Outrage!
Israelis are still grieving deep and unfathomable losses in the deadliest attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust.
- The text questions the legitimacy of the Jewish people’s claim to Israel as their indigenous homeland.
- Worse, it blames the victims for the October 7 attack, in which 1,400 people—including infants, children, and the elderly—were either executed or kidnapped. Some were tortured or raped. Families are still burying their dead.
- The resolution also calls for an immediate ceasefire and end to the blockade of Gaza without recognizing the genocidal intent of Hamas or offering any solutions that will actually keep Israelis safe.
The committee meets to vote on this resolution via Zoom at its meeting on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Join JCRC Bay Area’s call for the authors to retract or the committee to vote down the resolution.
Write to the Members of the SF DCCC Today!