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Kerman Council Delays Decision on Gaza Cease-Fire Resolution
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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March 14, 2024

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The Kerman City Council tabled a resolution supporting a cease-fire in Gaza. It is scheduled to return March 27.

Two councilmembers did not attend the meeting.

Speakers still let the council know how they felt.


Because two councilmembers were absent, the Kerman City Council tabled Wednesday night a motion supporting the a cease-fire in Gaza.

The resolution would support a proclamation written by a Fresno pro-Palestinian activist calling for a cease-fire. While the proclamation calls for a return of hostages, it does not mention the two parties involved — Israel and Hamas. It also fails to mention the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks.

Councilmember Bill Nijjer told GV Wire that he was at a family wedding. Councilmember Gary Yep said he was in Sacramento attending a San Joaquin Policy Council meeting, representing the Fresno Council of Governments.

The remaining councilmembers — Mayor Maria Pacheco, Jennifer Coleman, and Ismael Herrera — tabled the resolution until March 27 to allow all members to attend.

Kerman Mayor Maria Pacheco (left) and councilmembers Jennifer Coleman and Ismael Herrera tabled a resolution supporting a cease-fire in Gaza. (GV Wire/David Taub)

Vietnam Veteran, a Holocaust Survivor, Speaks

Still, members of the public spoke about the resolution.

Vietnam veteran and Holocaust survivor Ephraim Hadjis opposed a cease-fire resolution.

“I am a veteran and my main concern is Americans are being held hostage. Before we could talk about anything about a release or a peace or anything, the veterans of the Americans have to come home. That’s all. We are taught a basic training that you leave no American behind,” Hadjis said.

A Kerman resident also spoke against a cease-fire.

Cease-fire supporters Layla Darwish and Matthew Gillian of Fresno attended but didn’t speak about the cease-fire.

Darwish did speak on another matter. As the council discussed murals in the city, Darwish asked if “Palestine can be represented.”

The council debated about including several ethnicities in the mural such as indigenous groups.

Because there was time sensitivity regarding grant money, the council reverted to the original item about the murals, awarding a contract as is to two artists.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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