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Will NYC become the largest city in America calling for a ceasefire?


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The New York City Council may consider a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza at its upcoming legislative meeting on June 20. 

The measure was first brought up and discussed at a Democratic conference Tuesday afternoon, but a draft has not yet been shared with members, according to two sources familiar with the matter who did not give their names due to the sensitivity of the matter. 

It is unclear whether the language will urge a complete halt to the fighting in the eight-month-long war between Israel and Hamas or for a mutual ceasefire linked with a hostage deal. The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed a three-phase Israeli proposal outlined by President Joe Biden for a ceasefire and urged Hamas to accept the deal. Hamas has reportedly given the Qatari and Egyptian mediators its reply to the proposal with some “remarks” on the terms. 

Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams, a Democrat, told members she would introduce the resolution to ensure its passage. A spokesperson for the speaker didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Eighteen in the 51-member chamber have publicly called for a permanent ceasefire.

If the council approves it, New York would become the largest city in America to pass such a measure. It would join some 100 cities and municipalities across the U.S. that have done so in recent months, including San Francisco and Chicago

NYC Mayor Eric Adams has resisted calls to back a ceasefire in the wake of almost daily protests across the city. “I’m going to continue to say it,” Adams told reporters in April. “The hostages should be returned, Hamas should be destroyed, and we don’t want innocent children to die, nowhere.”

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