The Human Welfare and Community Action Commission of Berkeley, charged with dealing with the issues of poverty in Berkeley is under fire for bypassing their central mission and instead focusing on the Israel/Palestinian issue.
Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore, appalled at the misuse of the commission, terminated his appointee after she refused to withdraw the matter. Cheryl Davila had been a commissioner since 2009.
Anti-Israel groups packed the South Berkeley Senior Center last Wednesday evening to urge the commission to pass a divestment from Israel resolution. Three supporters of Israel also addressed the council.
The events in Berkeley highlight the narcissism at the core of the BDS movement, and the hypocritical willingness of anti-Israel activists to sacrifice anything to achieve their goals- including those they purport to represent.
Hundreds of Palestinians lost their jobs because of the BDS vendetta against Sodastream. On Wednesday night, the same phenomenon was on display. Berkeley’s poor were simply collateral damage as JVP and AROC pushed to have the resolution passed.
The long discredited Berkeley Daily Planet has picked up the cause, printing verbatim a press release by local anti-Israel activists. In a desperate attempt to tie the resolution into her Commission’s mandate, Cheryl Davila is quoted as saying the war in Gaza caused a “ severe social welfare crisis, particularly for children, women, and the elderly in Gaza.”
Commissioners voted to revise the resolution, in an attempt to get other Berkeley Commissions to endorse it. Voting will likely take place at the Human Welfare and Community Action Commission October 21st meeting.
What can you do?
Drop the Human Welfare and Community Action Commissioners an email, urging them to avoid distracting, divisive foreign policy proclamations, and to focus on the very real problems of Berkeley.
And please, come to the Oct 21 meeting, and let your voice be heard
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street