“Fringe Groups” Are Pushing Antisemitic Resolutions in Bay Area City Councils, JCRC Warns

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) has raised concerns about a worrying trend of “fringe groups” pushing antisemitic, bigoted resolutions in local city councils.

“Last week, the whole country witnessed the pain and divisiveness caused when the Richmond City Council capitulated to fringe groups and adopted an inflammatory and inaccurate resolution accusing Israel – the only Jewish country and home to half of the global Jewish population – of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide,” the JCRC said in a statement.

Antisemitic attacks on Bay Area Jews have increased dramatically since the attacks of October 7, the JCRC reports. They identify vandalism of Jewish businesses, defacement of properties with offensive symbols, and other threats to the local community.

Despite these attacks, the JCRC says “outside groups are working to spread more hate by advocating for other Bay Area cities to adopt inflammatory resolutions about the Israel-Hamas war.”

The JCRC has provided a method for local citizens to reach out to their town council members and oppose these “bigoted” resolutions.

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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