May 20, 2024

On the morning of Wednesday, May 15, the Hillsborough County, FL, Board of Commissioners voted to pass an ordinance allowing the “investment of surplus funds in rated or unrated bonds, notes, or instruments backed by the full faith and credit of the government of Israel.” The ordinance passed with six votes in favor and one against, despite numerous public commenters urging the commissioners to reject the proposal. Students, doctors, lawyers, and everyday working people implored their representatives to adhere to their wishes and those of the working class in Hillsborough.

Ironically, these commissioners, who often emphasize American values, were seen wearing pins with the Israeli flag, signaling their stance before they even voted. This decision not only implicates the commissioners but also involves the community by allocating tax dollars to Israeli firms while Palestinian children suffer from the consequences of conflict.

Meanwhile, the commissioners neglect pressing local issues such as funding affordable public housing, addressing homelessness, and improving public transportation in Tampa. This decision highlights a stark display of bourgeois class solidarity among the commissioners in opposition to popular opinion.

Shame on you, commissioners! Palestinian blood is on your hands!