Whereas Hamas is a terrorist group that has declared repeatedly that its goal is the destruction of Israel by any means including the murder of civilians,
Whereas On October 7th, Hamas inflicted the deadliest day for Israelis in the history of Israel,
Whereas some groups on the political left have justified Hamas’s terrorism,
Whereas Israeli settlers have taken illegal actions against Palestinians in the West Bank and the Israeli government has allowed, or even endorsed, these actions,
Therefore, be it resolved by the NEC of Social Democrats USA that we:
*Call for the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas and all Palestinians held by Israel under administrative detention,
*Call for a ceasefire, to allow in humanitarian goods and to let civilians leave Gaza,
*Call attention to the problem Palestinians have in movement into and out of Israel for business and personal reasons,
*Condemn Netanyahu and his cabinet for not defending Israel against Hamas’ attacks,
*Condemn Israeli settlers’ illegal behavior in the West Bank,
*Condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization,
*Condemn those leftist groups who supported the October 7th attack,
*Condemn examples of rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
— Passed unanimously by the National Executive Committee (NEC) on November 14, 2023.