Mar 6, 2024 - News

St. Paul City Council passes Gaza ceasefire resolution

A sign saying "Ceasefire Now" in a government meeting space with wooden paneling and a city council seated in the background.

Pro-ceasefire protestors at the St. Paul City Council meeting on Feb. 28. Photo: Kyle Stokes/Axios

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a non-binding resolution Wednesday calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

Why it matters: St. Paul's vote is the latest sign of discontent on the left with the Biden Administration's policy toward the Israel-Hamas war.

The big picture: A growing list of U.S. cities β€” including Minneapolis β€” have passed similar resolutions.

  • On Tuesday, the "uncommitted" movement racked up nearly 19% of the vote in Minnesota's Democratic presidential primary β€” enough to secure delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Flashback: The St. Paul Council vote is an abrupt shift. Last week, a pro-ceasefire crowd in council chambers left disappointed when the body adjourned its meeting without adding a resolution to the agenda.

What they're saying: Council Member Cheniqua Johnson, who brought the resolution forward, said she introduced it in hopes of not letting "divisiveness foster."

  • Jalali apologized for protestors' frustration with the process, noting that it's a sharp departure for the council to take up matters on foreign policy.
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