January 9, 2024

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BoS) for its principled stand in passing a comprehensive Gaza ceasefire resolution.

The resolution, championed by District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen and amended by District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, calls for an immediate and enduring ceasefire in Gaza, the provision of essential humanitarian assistance, and the release of all hostages. It also takes a firm stand against the rise of antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia, reflecting the city’s commitment to promoting peace, justice, and human rights. 

On Dec. 5, in one of the largest public turnouts for a BoS meeting, over 2,500 community members rallied in support of the resolution, demonstrating the deep connections many San Franciscans have to Gaza and the region. The resolution is a response to the severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where the ongoing assault has led to extreme loss of life—over 23,000 people, the majority women and children; widespread displacement—over 80 percent of Gaza residents; and immense suffering, with famine and plague taking hold across the strip. 

In a statement, CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said:

“The passing of this resolution is an important acknowledgment of the dire situation in Gaza and reflects the collective conscience of our diverse community in San Francisco. It not only calls for immediate action by Congress and the Biden administration to alleviate the suffering but also addresses the concerning rise in hateful rhetoric and attacks within our own city. This resolution is a testament to the power of community advocacy and the role of local governance in influencing global issues.” 

With the adoption of this resolution, San Francisco joins Richmond, Oakland, Cudahy, Davis, and Long Beach, as well as numerous other cities nationwide, that have already passed ceasefire resolutions. Tonight, the Santa Cruz City Council will vote on a similar ceasefire resolution, while community activists in Brentwood, San Bruno, and Union City are mobilizing for the inclusion of ceasefire resolutions in the agendas of their upcoming council meetings.