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An Urbana resolution was introduced to call for an end to the war in Gaza and the promotion of peace

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – After countless hours of input from Urbana residents who have spoken out about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Urbana City Council is finalizing a resolution calling for peace in the Central Region East.

The Urbana City Council Committee of the Whole is expected to vote Monday on a resolution calling for an end to the war in Gaza, according to their published agenda. This follows several meetings with dozens of speakers from residents who expressed their views on the international conflict.

“For several weeks, members of the local community have expressed deep concern about the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel, which has resulted in devastating loss of life and destruction of public infrastructure,” the resolution summary reads. “This conflict impacts the well-being of the local Muslim, Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian communities, as well as other residents of Urbana.”

In the resolution, the city calls for the return of all hostages on both sides, a “just and lasting peace” between Israel and Palestine and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. The resolution also supports sovereignty and free elections for both the Israeli and Palestinian states.

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The full resolution can be found below.

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In previous meetings, the crowd has been so disruptive to speakers during public comment that the City Council has warned against kicking the audience out.

Some citizens advocated for the resolution to be passed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

“The Urbana City Council must pass this resolution in the interest of our shared humanity,” said Terri Barnes, a 10-year resident of Urbana. “We are all connected in one way or another to this terrible conflict.”

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Others believe the city’s adoption of the resolution is a futile measure and worry it could cause further division among wayward residents.

“I wonder if it is appropriate in these international issues for you to speak on behalf of some of the citizens of your city, and knowingly refuse to speak, acknowledge or acknowledge or be concerned about the other citizens of Urbana, who have a very have a different point of view. ” said Marc Ansel, another Urbana resident. “The citizens of Urbana are clearly divided, as are many across the country.”

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More than fifty municipalities across the country have passed resolutions calling for peace or a ceasefire in Gaza, including Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.

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