San Francisco, Richmond set to vote on resolutions condemning Israeli raid on Freedom Flotilla, Gaza siege

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Richmond, Calif., City Council are poised to vote on separate resolutions Tuesday condemning Israel’s deadly May 31 raid on the Freedom Flotilla and its ongoing siege of Gaza.

In it’s June 8 meeting, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors referred for adoption Resolution 100767, which condemns the raid on the fleet of humanitarian aid vessels that resulted in the deaths of nine unarmed civilians and the wounding of dozens more.

According to the meeting agenda, Resolution 100767 states: “[This is a] Resolution joining the global community, including international human rights organizations, The Elders, over 50 nations, and thousands of Bay Area residents in condemning the Israeli Defense Forces’ military attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010, that resulted in the death of at least nine people, including a United States citizen; and urging President Barack Obama and Congress to continue their work addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, actively seek an end to the blockade, and work towards genuine peace and security for all peoples in the region.”

The resolution was sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Sophie Maxwell.

The Board meets at 2 p.m. Pacific Time at the Legislative Chamber, Room 250, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Richmond, Calif., city officials also will vote on a similar resolution at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin already issued a condemnation of the Israeli raid, which took place in international waters. But on Tuesday, the City Council will vote to “adopt a resolution supporting the United Nations Security Council condemnation of the recent Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla, including two Richmond residents, and calling for the safe and humane treatment of all individuals delivering international aid.”

“The people of Gaza have suffered collective punishment from the three-year Israeli blockade that has turned the region into a virtual prison, and their suffering was compounded by the relentless military attack of December 2008-January 2009, in which 1,400 civilians in Gaza were killed. I condemn the Israeli assault on the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla and join others in calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel as long as the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, including the blockade of Gaza, continues,” Mayor McLaughlin stated previously.

Two Richmond residents – Paul Larudee and Kathy Sheetz  – were  on the Flotilla. The Richmond City Council meeting will take place at the Community Services Building, 440 Civic Center Plaza. Call 510-620-6861 for meeting time.

~ Kristin Szremski 6/14/2010

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