Chicago has joined the ranks of US cities urging for a lasting ceasefire as the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches its four-month milestone.
The city’s council narrowly passed a nonbinding resolution, with Mayor Brandon Johnson breaking the tie amidst contentious debates.
The resolution calls for humanitarian aid to Gaza and the release of all captives held in the region.
While the resolution remained largely unchanged despite calls for more support for Israel, it reflects a growing sentiment of solidarity and hope among council members.
The devastating toll of the conflict, with thousands of casualties, has fueled calls for intervention and a reevaluation of US foreign policy towards Israel.
The passing of the resolution aligns Chicago with other cities like Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco in advocating for a ceasefire.
At least 48 US cities have adopted similar symbolic resolutions, with some also condemning Hamas’s attacks.
These actions reflect a broader shift in public opinion and political discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly in swing states like Michigan, where Arab-American voters play a significant role.
The conflict in Gaza is expected to be a salient issue in the upcoming election, with voters in swing states closely watching candidates’ stances on the matter.