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Demonstration in Northampton against Israel’s Gaza campaign

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Protesters gather in front of City Hall n Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Protesters gather in front of City Hall n Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Sherrill Hogen, of Charlemont, left, talks with Martin Jones during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, in front of City Hall in Northampton Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Sherrill Hogen, of Charlemont, left, talks with Martin Jones during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, in front of City Hall in Northampton Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Protesters gather in front of City Hall n Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Sherrill Hogen, of Charlemont, left, talks with Martin Jones during a demonstration against Israel's recent invasion into the Gaza Strip, in front of City Hall in Northampton Friday, July 18.

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I agreed that Gaza should be set free. Yes, it should be liberated from the Islamist Hamas regime that seeks to kill Israelis (including Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahai and non-believers) by launching rockets at Israeli cities and towns. When Israel left Gaza in 2005, the Palestinians had a free territory, and hundreds of millions of dollars from Europe and the United States, to build a strong economy and a civil society. Indeed, liberal Jewish foreign donors even spent 40 million dollars to buy very productive greenhouses from departing Israeli citizens to give them to the Palestinians. This would allow the Palestinians to have a very productive agricultural operation for export to Europe. In true fashion, as soon as the Israeli Jews left, the Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses. Then the Palestinians violently expelled Fatah and elected the anti-Semtic and anti-Progressive Hamas regime. Hamas used its massive foreign aid to build a terror fortress, instead of building schools, homes and hospitals. Now Hamas had adopted a cynical strategy of using Palestinians as human shields to protect their rocket launchers and arms depots built in neighborhoods. Unfortunately, for both the Palestinians and Israelis, Hamas and its supporters are a violent Islamist cult that spreads bloodshed. Yes, Gaza should be freed from Hamas. It is a pity that the pathetic self-styled radicals in Northhampton are too myopic to realize that they are supporting a reactionary, homophobic, and violent regime that they could not tolerate for five minutes. Meanwhile, Israel is the only progressive, multicultural and democratic nation in the Mideast. We all know that Israel is the only mideast country in which our progressive friends would ever want to live.

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