Jan 9, 2024 - News

Denver proposes resolution calling for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war

Demonstrators march during a rally in support of Palestinians in Denver in November. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

Denver City Council members are proposing a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.

Why it matters: It's the first time Denver's legislative body, which is made up entirely of Democrats, has formally weighed in on the international conflict.

Details: The resolution condemns the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack, while calling the situation in Gaza "a dire humanitarian crisis."

  • It also calls on President Biden and congressional members who represent Colorado to demand an immediate ceasefire as well as a release of all hostages taken in Israel and of "arbitrarily detained Palestinian prisoners," among other requests.

Driving the news: The resolution, co-sponsored by council members Shontel Lewis and Sarah Parady, is set to be discussed Tuesday at a committee meeting.

State of play: Council members representing the state's largest city had been largely mum since the conflict began last fall — in contrast to the state's other major cities.

Of note: Denver's resolution is also focused on issues at home saying it condemns, "antisemitic, anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, Islamophobic, racist, and xenophobic attacks" in the city.

Go deeper: Israeli conference in Denver draws scrutiny from pro-Palestinian advocates

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