Statement by Minneapolis teachers union on Israel-Hamas conflict sparking controversy


November 21, 2023

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune file

Marcia Howard, acting president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, spoke in August at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. She is defending the teachers union resolution condemning American support for Israel in the Gaza conflict.

A recent statement by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) on the conflict between Israel and Hamas has stirred controversy and raised objections from some Jewish parents in the Minneapolis school district.

The federation, which represents thousands of the district's teachers and support workers, on Nov. 14 posted a resolution on its Facebook page that condemns American support for Israel, calls on state lawmakers to repeal anti-BDS (Boycott Divest Sanctions movement) legislation and denounces violence against civilians on both sides.

The MFT resolution also calls for an immediate cease-fire to de-escalate the conflict and allow humanitarian aid delivery into Gaza.


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