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Flagstaff City Council rejects taking sides in conflict between Israel and Hamas

Flagstaff City Council has opted not to take an official stance on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The City Council rejected two petitions. One called on the city to affirm Israel’s right to defend itself. A second called for a ceasefire. 

"We’re counted on to deliberate complex local issues. Adopt policy and act for the betterment of our community And therefore I won’t support either of these resolutions that are before us," said Flagstaff Mayor Becky Daggett.

Councilmember Jim McCarthy had brought forward the resolution calling for a ceasefire and the support of a two state solution for the conflicts. 

"Right wrong or indifferent, if these goals are not realized, we will experience a millennium of death and destruction," he said.

Others, like Councilmember Miranda Sweet, ultimately sided with the mayor.

"I believe these conversations need to happen but maybe more so in our community and not so much in these walls," she said.

Nogales and South Tucson governments have passed resolutions. Both called for a ceasefire.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.