Feb 20, 2024 - News

Salt Lake City Council approves Israel-Hamas resolution

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The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a symbolic resolution calling for peace as the Israel-Hamas war unfolds.

What they're saying: "The Salt Lake City Council and mayor of Salt Lake City expresses a deep concern for the terrible loss of life and calls for peace at home and abroad," the joint resolution states.

  • The resolution condemned "the rise in antisemitism and Islamophobia" and advocated for increased hate-crime legislation to protect Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other religious and ethnic communities.

Between the lines: Salt Lake City Council members deliberated for weeks on whether to introduce a resolution on the war amid mounting pressure from pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for a ceasefire, Axios has learned.

  • Members worked through the Presidents Day weekend to tweak the resolution in time for Tuesday's council meeting.

The other side: Several pro-Palestinian protesters appeared at the city council meeting to call for a ceasefire resolution.

  • En Canada, a Salt Lake City resident who led the push for a ceasefire resolution from the council, said the statement didn't go far enough to address the more than 29,000 Palestinians reportedly killed since the start of the war.

The big picture: Approximately 70 U.S. cities have passed ceasefire proclamations as municipal leaders debate whether to weigh in on the international conflict, per Reuters.

By the numbers: 50% of U.S. adults polled in January believe that Israel's military response in Gaza has "gone too far," per an AP/Norc poll released this month, Axios' Ivana Saric reports.

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