LaToya Cantrell, the first woman elected mayor of New Orleans, gives her acceptance speech to supporters at the Jazz Market in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The election occurred a few months before the city’s 300th anniversary, and Cantrell will be sworn in May 2018 during the city’s 300th year.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

New Orleans has enough challenges — like drainage and crime and poverty — that voters do not need their council members to waste time creating a foreign policy for the city.

But that’s what the council looked to be doing last week when it backed a resolution that blandly encourages review of the city's contracts and direct investments to determine if companies doing business with the city violate human, civil or labor rights.

This is similar to other resolutions pushed by anti-Israel groups who want to pressure the Jewish state on its relations with the Palestinians in the region. Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell would be well-advised to avoid city involvement, but she went right along and voted for the resolution, which is non-binding and thus largely meaningless.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, striking the right tone, said the resolution was "ill-advised, gratuitous and does not reflect the policy of the city of New Orleans."

The mayor-elect and her fellow members of the City Council shouldn't have to go as far as the West Bank of the Jordan to look for problems to solve. There are already quite enough of them within the city limits.

New Orleans City Council jumps into middle of Israel-Palestinians conflict with business resolution