Palestinians and other members of the Arab-American communities in Allentown have asked city council to pass a symbolic cease fire resolution, The loss of life in Gaza has been enormous. This tragedy is a result of Hamas intentionally embedding their military infrastructure in civilian locations, including schools, Mosques, and hospitals. This strategy of using civilians as shields in Gaza isn't a new development, but in place since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. The construction of those military installations and tunnels was done with the full cooperation and knowledge of the population.
The Hamas attack in Israel on October 7 intentionally slaughtered civilians, that was their objective. There was no call for a resolution from the same community at that time. Other groups also want a cease fire, including many Israelis and Jews. However, it should not be the purview of city council to resolve on international conflicts.
On a less sensitive note, Mayor Tuerk has expanded the flag raisings of different countries, including two excursions. While we respect and appreciate all our diversity, I think that we should resolve to limit such activity to improvements in Allentown Pennsylvania.