San Francisco supervisors introduced a bill on Tuesday to condemn Israel for the Gaza Flotilla attack.
Tensions soared at City Hall on Tuesday over a nonbinding resolution calling for the condemnation of the Israeli military’s deadly raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza.
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At least nine people were killed by Israeli naval commandos during the May 31 raid on ships carrying aid for the isolated Gaza region, which is under an Israeli blockade.
The legislation, sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Sophie Maxwell, has more than two dozen “whereas” clauses.
It attempts to localize the attack that took place a half-a-world away by noting San Francisco’s “recognition and understanding of our population’s unique relationship to international struggles and the overall principle that human life, whether here or abroad, has value and dignity.”
After more than four hours of public testimony that lasted until nearly midnight, the Board of Supervisors didn’t vote on the resolution. Instead, the supervisors sent it to committee, where critics hoped it would die.