Alameda Democrats’ Resolution Raises Concerns About Antisemitism, Safety for Jews

Yesterday, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) passed a contentious resolution that has been criticized by many, including the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Bay Area, for its potential harm to the Jewish community.

The Contentious Resolution

According to the JCRC, in a statement sent to the Bay Area Telegraph, the resolution in question, titled “Resolution Affirming ACDCC Support and Solidarity with the Palestinian People”, has been flagged for containing serious inaccuracies, accusations, and distortions.

The most concerning of which is the language accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” without citing reliable sources. The resolution also references information from sources like Hamas, which is known to be an internationally recognized terrorist organization.

One of the gravest oversights in the resolution is its failure to acknowledge the massacre of 1,400 Israelis by Hamas on October 7. This event, which involved heinous atrocities, was heavily documented and circulated in video footage across the globe.

Meeting Marred by Hate

The manner in which the meeting was conducted adds to the concern, the JCRC says. There were reports of antisemitic comments, and some Zoom attendees even displayed a Nazi swastika. The process itself was rushed, with members being given just a few minutes to review and debate the content of the resolution.

Tyler Gregory, CEO of JCRC Bay Area, expressed his disappointment in the situation. “At a time of rising hatred against the Jewish community, this grandstanding does nothing to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to peace,” he said.

Gregory also highlighted that most state and federally elected officials representing Alameda County did not support the resolution. However, he noted with concern that both Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price and Assemblymember Alex Lee were in favor of it.

Rise in Antisemitism

The issue is further magnified when we consider the 400 percent rise in reported antisemitism since October 7, the JCRC says. Such actions and support for contentious resolutions raise genuine questions about the commitment of certain officials to ensuring the safety of Jews in Alameda County.

The Way Forward

JCRC Bay Area stresses the importance of supporting Israel’s right to self-defense and restoring its national security. They also emphasize the need to rescue the 240 kidnapped hostages and urge for maximized humanitarian aid to Gazan civilians. As the world watches, it’s paramount to reduce the loss of civilian life and foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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