For Immediate Release
November 2, 2023
JCRC Bay Area fully condemns the inflammatory resolution passed yesterday by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC). Resolution Affirming ACDCC Support and Solidarity with the Palestinian People includes flagrant inaccuracies, accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide,” and factual distortions from unreliable sources, including Hamas.
Among the resolution’s most egregious components is the fact that it failed to acknowledge that Hamas, which massacred 1,400 Israelis on October 7, is an internationally recognized terrorist organization. This lack of moral clarity is especially painful considering the widely circulated video footage of mass atrocities – including torture, rape, and murder – targeting Israeli children, women, and grandparents.
Furthermore, the ACDCC meeting was tainted by antisemitic comments and Zoom images, including a Nazi swastika, and a lack of procedural clarity. Amid threatening comments and intimidation of Jewish speakers, there was a rushed process that gave ACDCC members only minutes to review and debate the resolution language.
“At a time of rising hatred against the Jewish community, this grandstanding does nothing to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to peace. We are grateful to the near unanimous position of the state and federally elected officials representing Alameda County who refused to support this toxic resolution,” said Tyler Gregory, CEO of JCRC Bay Area. “However, it is deeply disturbing that Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price and Assemblymember Alex Lee were both in support. With the 400 percent rise in reported antisemitism since October 7, this raises real questions about their commitment to the safety of Jews in Alameda County.”
JCRC Bay Area believes Israel, the United States, and the international community must support Israel’s right to self-defense in restoring its national security, exhaust all options to return the 240 kidnapped hostages, maximize humanitarian aid to Gazan civilians, and urge the minimization of loss of civilian life.