For resolution author John Avalos, the Snitch cannot see how: Avalos is chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and has plenty of ten hour meetings over which to preside this month. Condemning the flotilla raid, in which nine people, including an American citizen, were fatally shot in the head in close range may feel like the right to do, but it's certainly not the easy thing to do.
The Richmond City Council similarly punted debate of its own resolution down the road last night.
Board President David Chiu now has to decide which Board committee should hear more debate over the nonbinding resolution, which activist groups like the Jewish Community Relations Council have pledged to fight until it is dead.
"It's terribly one-sided, it's lacking in any depth or understanding of the Middle Eastern situation, it demonstrates blatant disregard or complete ignorance of the hostile region and hostile neigborhood in which Israel lives, and the staggering despair to which the Palestinians are subjected at the hands of Hamas," said Abigaail Michelson Porth, the JCRC's associate director, who was just getting warmed up.
For Porth, the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip is an ugly necessity caused by Hamas and other Islamist extremists. The Israeli Defense Forces' actions weren't pretty, but nonetheless justified. Either way, what business is it of the Board's?
"The worst thing that [the Board of Supervisors] could do is unnecessarily inflame an already tense situation," she added. "And that's exactly what happened in chambers."
So there's one sect of people who will not rest until supervisors abandon the resolution. And, predictably, there is another who think it's just fine -- and, moreover, perfectly appropriate.
"It's taboo for politicians to talk about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza," said Lily Haskell of the Arab Resource Center. "The supervisors took a courageous stand."
The Snitch feels somewhat hopelessly caught in the middle of all this and will not, under any circumstances, get involved other than to say it appears any compromise or reconciliation between the sides involved on this issue will be hard-won. Blessed are the peacemakers; they have their hands full on this one.
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