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Sorry, Ronigold, you should read more about the Zionist Movement, from its start in the 1880s. Since 1896 the Zionist Movement has always been very open about their plan to remove the Palestinians from the land of Palestine. They did not intend to buy the land from the Palestinians or to pay reparations. This is the program that Israel has followed from the start - murder and expulsion. Also, from the beginning, they viewed the land of present day Israel as a base from which to take by military campaigns the land of Jordan, the Golan Heights southern Lebanon. Some want to take all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. They wanted then, and still want, control of all the water in the region, the Fertile Crescent. Thus, they have created crisis after crisis for the last 100 years and claimed that they had to attack the Palestinians and other Arabs "because they had to defend themselves". Those of us who are actually interested enough in Israel and Palestine to read about it on an on-going basis, have seen this tactic repeatedly over the past 67 years. I started out an ardent Israel supporter. I cried when the June 1967 war broke out, when poor Israel "had to attack Egypt to defend itself". It was quite a shock to me as I learned in the following years that Israel was not the victim, but the aggressor and the war criminal. In an age when many scholars around the world have written on the subject, and this writing is readily available in books, journals, and the internet, newspapers cannot just keep repeating the litany of Israeli propaganda. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"...tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before..." Seriously? And you accuse others of bias and distortion? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

This column, along with the Gazzette's reporting and headlines (and Cathy and Novio's comments), uses inaccurate information and personal opinions rather than facts to make it's case, and does more to flame hatred towards Israel and the perils of this war rather than leading to a positive solution and honest view of this terrible situation in Gaza. Vijay fails in his duties as professor to fact check his column and presents information as clear fact when some of it is either clearly untrue or the actual facts are not known yet. To name just 3 examples: 1. Israel has presented actual video evidence that it's arms were not responsible for the deaths at the Ashraf al-Qidra school but instead came as a result of Hamas rockets; 2. The report on Hamas not being responsible for the kidnappings based on a tweet and the Israeli Police spokesman denies saying it was a lone-cell; 3. It is extremely ignorant to the facts and history in Gaza to suggest that this war in Gaza was solely instigated by these kidnappings, and not the tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before. For the Gazette to publish an column that solely implicates Israel in the war is not a surprise at all considering nearly all its stories and headlines have taken this exact same stance in the reporting of this situation. By the Gazette's allowing a column with such inaccurate and biased facts and information, it shows itself more as a left-leaning tabloid rather than a respectable newspaper. I believe the the Gazette staff and editorial board should immediately hold itself responsible and write an Editorial apologizing for this column and correcting the inaccurate and false information used by Professor Prashad. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Judging from the look on the faces of Otto, Juan, and Nancy, they don't seem to grasp the gravity of the situation. Kind of like, "the fix is in". These Central American leaders should be embarrassed. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

They should make these people spend a week working in the fields... ...(full comment)

'Most people are not dishonest' Hadley farmers talk farm stand thefts; police arrest two

Don't like being pummeled, don't elect terrorists as your leaders and definitely don't shoot rocket artillery at a more powerful neighbor. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"We have a moral obligation to assist Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in taking back their nations from drug gangs." Really? So you are sugesting that we abandon the war on drugs within our own borders but spend resoures to help other contries fight that same battle? We spend more money trying to be the world's police that we do on our own police. Why is it the job of the United States to fix these other countries while we continue to fail to fix our own? I understand the moral argument, but there is a hypocrisy here that "we know best" when in fact we do not. Lets keep dropping billions of dollars on these other countries while major cities like Detroit implode and our own Springfield continually appears in the annual Most Unsafe Cities list. It is wonerdful that a Honduras Drug lord was put out of business, but I still cannot not walk safely around downtown Springfield after 6pm.... ...(full comment)

Clare Higgins: Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Sorry mis spoke, what was meant was the events ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Where do we have needs in our society? Healthcare and education. What we need is to bring in millions of nurses from the Phillipines and cheap teachers from China. Lets open the flood gates to help take care of the sick and the needy by lettiing in anyone who is willing to teacher and also healthcare professionals. That might actually make sense. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

The Gazette writes: "William Lovett, 80, of Amherst, describes the situation when he was stabbed Tuesday afternoon by a stranger in front of the Bangs Community Center in Amherst Wednesday, July 23, 2014" The next sentence reads: "Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified." Which is it, Gazette? Was he "threatened" but "left uninjured" or was he "stabbed Tuesday afternoon by a stranger"? When two sentences in a row so blatantly contradict each other, why should we believe ANYTHING you publish? This news forum is a joke! ...(full comment)

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Perhaps you missed your calling:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUnhfvGdmmw I am sure that God is shaking his head in great sadness of the people who have turned their backs and protested against helping these children. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

"This type of business" meaning a queer friendly restaurant? Are you kidding? Where have you been for the last 20 years? Why shouldn't this business stay right where they are? They aren't drastically changing any of their existing programming, as far as I know there have been no problems with Popcorn Noir's customers acting unruly in the past, and plenty of their clientele buy Ice cream, bagels, hardware, art supplies and tattoos from nearby businesses. It's certainly better than having another empty storefront! Bottom line; If you don't care for it, don't go. Problem solved! More oysters and pancakes for the rest of us! ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

This is beyond belief. NB: 'Guerra is the owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants downtown.' So, he's broke? Really? NB: '“The kids are starting from scratch,” he said. “They don’t have anything, so it’s all good.” Consider this: Claudio Guerra has assets far beyond the average person's comprehension. He can give his children anything they may need, and right now. NB: “Claudio is an incredibly generous man.” The 6500 square foot home that burned down was built by contractors that have not been paid for their work. Claudio Guerra owes these workers, and others, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Generous? I don't think so. The Montessori School should use their generosity to help those truly in need of it. That very large group would most definitely NOT include Mr. Guerra and his family. ...(full comment)

Montessori School collects for Guerra family