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When South African apartheid ended, they had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Calling for love without truth is nonsense. The truth is there were virtually no Jews in Palestine for almost 2000 years. The Jewish migration from Palestine to the trading centers of Europe began before the time of Christ. Browse through the New Testament, read about the travels of Paul of Tarsus and look at where his letters are addressed. Read a history book, by 135 AD, there were virtually no Jews in Palestine and that absence continued for 1810 years. Even after Jews were invited into the Turkish empire after the expulsion from Spain, they settled in other centers of the Turkish empire and prospered there, but few settled in Palestine. By 1900, there were still almost no Jews in Palestine. What happened to the Palestinians in 1947 and 48 was not a partition; it was an invasion. Golda Meir was a war criminal. Jews have to face up to this fact. If they cannot or will not face up to this fact; there will never be peace. The rest of the world knows this. Thanks to the internet, the Lobby is even losing its grip on the American people. In the long run, Jews, must offer an apology and compensation to the Palestinians if they want to hang on to any portion of the land of Palestine. The Jews have demanded and are still receiving compensation from the Germans, but they have never given a nickel of compensation to the Palestinians. It is as if money means more to Israel and its supporters than peace does. The settlements mean more to Israel and to its supporters than peace does. And the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is Israel's ultimate goal. Your talk of "love" while land grabs are still going on ridiculous. It is the ultimate hypocrisy. In the short run, controlling the narrative has been very advantageous to the Israel. In the long run, it is not an eye for an eye; by focusing only on their own propaganda, Israel and its supporters are blinding themselves. ...(full comment)

Sara Weinberger:

Another question to ask... why didn't the representative of MassDOT say anything about the "camp train" when he made his presentation to the Northampton Passenger Rail Advisory Committee on June 18th? Don't be surprised if the camp train is still there next week. The Norfolk Southern crews as of today have "only" made it as far as Hatfield as of today. (they started working south from Greenfield on July 7th). They need to get to Springfield before their part of the project is done. The next surprise... the limited amount of available parking for rail passengers at the location where the Northampton station platform will be built to the south of Union Station. ...(full comment)

Wishing that train would leave the station

"Should our society continue to view death as a failure and, thus, distinctly un-American?" I would like to know in which "society" President Pasquerella lives. This is the first I have heard of death being considered "un-American." I reject this characterization of my fellow citizens, especially those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and resent the implicit slur against Americans who take pride in their citizenship. ...(full comment)

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Good job, Colonel. Thanks for caring and sharing. ...(full comment)

Leave no man behind: Belchertown veteran fights VA for crewmates after peacetime Agent Orange exposure at Westover, other bases

Mr. Berwick's environmental mettle will be determined, in part, by how he treats his wife's eager embrace of so-called "smart" or dual response utility meters. While they may provide convenient usage tracking for interested consumers, they have failed miserably thus far when it comes to cost effectiveness, security, and safety. ...(full comment)

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

"Dougnmany Cage said the vote by a majority of the committee illustrated that Shabazz did nothing wrong." Five people who are members of the Task Force Shabazz chairs, and who were in attendance the evening he called the student "the greatest student racist", and who complained about his behavior, disagree with you, Vira. ...(full comment)

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

My fracking investment closed up 2% today and is only a few pennies off its all time high. Just wanted to let ya'll know. I'll be retiring in Florida with my millions soon while you guys sit here in the dark freezing under your windmills. Market Vectors Unconventl Oil & Gas ETF (FRAK) -NYSEArca Follow $33.68 +0.69(+2.09%) 4:00PM EDT ...(full comment)

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

I am disappointed at the specifics you use to give the public the location of a very vulnerable community. Why put the people who live their at risk of a hate crime in order to give readers such specific information? ...(full comment)

Homeless camp again scene of trouble in Northampton; theft probe leads to heroin arrest in Meadows

I have seen Don speak and I questioned him recently about the pipeline. I am confident that he is the best candidate, especially for the environment and against the pipeline. Amherst Media just interviewed him yesterday - you should watch it. ...(full comment)

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Oh really? Check out the bills. They have been presented to Mr. Obama, who continues to ignore them. He ignores anything "Republican" and claims they do nothing. The TRUTH (if D's can understand what that is after listening to O) is, if it's a Democratic idea (they are bad) it's passed! If it screws American's It get's passed, if it spends tax dollars it get's past, if it's a Presidential decree, it is for the benefit of a bigger Government with more control over the people who aren't smart enough to see what's going on; (linear thinkers). Mr. Watson, did you do your homework? Are you REALLY integral about it? Based on this article you appear to be lemming-like! ...(full comment)

Bruce Watson: You got served: The people v. House Republicans for 'egregious neglect of duty'

Perhaps his bail should be set a little higher this time? ...(full comment)

Update: Man accused of Northampton library arson, Hadley cayenne pepper attack, lost his Easthampton home to fire earlier this month

There is no way to ensure this can't happen again. There are a lot of people with "issues" and Forbes Library is seen as a safe haven for a large number of those individuals on a daily basis. The general public is not aware of that, but it's true. The staff, trained to be librarians, deal with incidents all the time. Better community solutions, including safe places to be warm, sleep, access the internet, wash clothes, etc. for those with "issues" would take the burden off the libraries, which are tax-payer funded. This should be seen as an indication that such drop-in spaces need to be created in the Northampton community to prevent this kind of spill-over into the public spaces that we value. Don't judge, however. This could have been the work of a veteran with PTSD or someone's unfortunate teen with a social disorder. We just don't know. ...(full comment)

Backstory: Arson suspected in Forbes Library fire; damage estimated at $5,000