January 22, 2024

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today confirmed that the recently passed Gaza ceasefire resolution is now officially processed in San Francisco, following confirmation that San Francisco Mayor London Breed did not veto the resolution.  

In a statement, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) Lara Kiswani said: 

“We thank our elected representatives who supported this resolution and stood strongly with the values of San Francisco’s voters. Despite Mayor Breed’s unfortunate misrepresentation of the democratic process and her worrisome echoing of dangerous, racist, and well-worn anti-Arab tropes, we look forward to working with all elected representatives in shaping a city that reflects the dignity and humanity of all our communities, especially those impacted by violence, war, and displacement. As the US-backed war on Gaza continues, we will continue to join millions across the world to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire.” 

The resolution drew what members of the Board of Supervisors described as “unprecedented” public support, with over 65,000 emails sent to the Board in support of the resolution, thousands of residents turning out to city hall, and over 12 hours of public comment given in support of the resolution. 

“JVP Bay Area is one of the many grassroots community organizations who urged Mayor Breed not to veto the San Francisco Board of Supervisors resolution. The majority of all San Franciscans, including a majority of the Jewish community, support an immediate ceasefire as the only way to end the genocidal violence being visited by Israel on Palestinians. It is also the only way to ensure the safety and return of Israeli civilian hostages. This resolution is reflective of San Francisco’s progressive values,” said Elliot Helmon of Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area“This resolution makes all of our communities safer, including Arabs, Palestinians, and Jews. We are proud that San Francisco stands on the right side of history in this moment despite attempts by right-wing and pro-Israel advocacy organizations to circumvent the democratic process.” 

Around 30,000 Palestinians, including over 9,000 children, have been killed by Israel’s bombing campaigns in Gaza, and famine and disease have taken root in Gaza. Palestinian residents in San Francisco have lost thousands of family members in Gaza and the West Bank over the past 100 days. Recent polling indicates Americans overwhelmingly favor a ceasefire in the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza.  

Executive Director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) Zahra Billoo added: 

“To say that we are extremely disappointed in Mayor Breed’s Jan. 19 letter to members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she repeats Israel’s propaganda justifying genocide, is an understatement, and her omission of Israeli war crimes and rising Islamophobia is glaring.

“Still, we congratulate the thousands of people who advocated for the city of San Francisco to demonstrate moral leadership and join the global call for a ceasefire in Gaza. As the genocide in Palestine continues, so too we must continue to speak out.

“We welcome this outcome and thank our friends at AROC who led the coalition advocating for a resolution and our allies at JVP Bay Area and others who mobilized alongside our heartbroken communities.”