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Smith College students end sit-in over divestment, but vow to expand their protest movement
04-09-2024 5:01 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Aiming to expand their protest across campus, students who have occupied Smith College’s administration building for almost two weeks said Tuesday they are moving the focus of their activism to Seelye Lawn.“We are choosing to relocate to...

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Health care workers urge Neal to stand up for Gaza cease-fire
02-06-2024 5:34 PM


SPRINGFIELD — Dozens of area health care professionals rallied outside the federal courthouse Tuesday to demand that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal join their call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.Speakers representing the interfaith Healthcare Workers...

Social justice on menu at annual Tikkun Olam event with area legislators
01-19-2024 5:44 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Seven state legislators representing districts across Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties appeared together at Congregation B’Nai Israel in Northampton on Friday, answering questions on some key issues affecting the state as well as...

Hungry for an end to war in Gaza: A month into a daily fast, Valley residents won’t stop until demands are met
01-15-2024 9:40 AM


NORTHAMPTON — Every day for the past month, a group of three local activists have fasted daily from sunrise to sunset as they protest the Israel-Hamas war and the U.S. government’s involvement in the conflict.The protesters — Peter Kakos, Nick Mottern...

UMass students barred from studying abroad in wake of arrests at October sit-in
01-04-2024 9:02 PM


AMHERST — At least one of three UMass Amherst students denied the chance to study abroad next semester after being arrested for participating in the October sit-in protests against the war in Gaza has raised the possibility of bringing a federal...

A light in the darkness: Hanukkah celebrations take on special meaning amid war in Gaza, rise in antisemitism
12-10-2023 4:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — This year, Jewish families across the Pioneer Valley are partaking in traditional Hanukkah festivities, such as lighting the menorah, feasting on latkes and spinning the dreidel.But it’s impossible to celebrate this year’s Hanukkah,...

25-mile march for Palestinians from Northampton to Springfield set for Sunday
12-06-2023 6:18 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Palestinian advocates will march 25 miles — the length of the Gaza Strip — from Northampton to Springfield on Sunday to demand Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey call for a permanent cease-fire.The 12-hour event, expected to draw at...

Jewish Voice for Peace protestors in region to carry on until Israel-Hamas cease-fire is permanent
11-26-2023 5:00 PM


HADLEY — A four-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that began Friday isn’t enough to stop the hundreds of local protestors who have gathered several times a week since the war started to demand a permanent end to fighting in Gaza.Those who...

‘The threat is real’: Easthampton council takes stand against antisemitism with wide-ranging resolution
11-16-2023 4:42 PM


EASTHAMPTON — At a poignant City Council meeting on Wednesday evening, residents and councilors came together to share stories of antisemitism, hatred and hope in expressing their support for a resolution against antisemitism, which passed...

UMass rally highlights hostages taken by Hamas; counterprotester arrested for assault
11-06-2023 6:57 PM

By Sophie Hauck

AMHERST — News that Hamas militants kidnapped a member of Iris Berkman’s extended family in early October sent the Amherst resident reeling.Berkman described 79-year-old Chaim Peri, the father-in-law of her nephew, as “salt of the Earth” and a...

Health as peacebuilding: Northampton-based Healing Across the Divides funds, advises Palestinian and Israeli communities on health
10-30-2023 5:50 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Tova Reznicek, an Israeli-American living in Israel, has spent the last three weeks worried that a rocket will fall on her neighbors, friends, colleagues and herself.Her street has already been bombed, and on a morning call with the...

Jewish Voice for Peace protesters call for Gaza cease-fire
10-16-2023 6:12 PM


NORTHAMPTON — As Israel amasses troops along the border with Gaza in preparation for a likely ground invasion, around 50 protesters congregated at the roundabout in front of the Coolidge Bridge in Northampton Monday to call for a ceasefire in the...

Scholar to speak on Israel’s crisis of democracy in Northampton
07-10-2023 5:57 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Professor David N. Myers, distinguished scholar of modern Jewish history and professor of history at UCLA, will speak at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton, Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m.The event, “Democracy in Israel...

A mensch preps for new role: Rabbi Justin David to leave B’Nai Israel for Hebrew College
04-25-2023 8:57 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Ever since his childhood days growing up on Long Island, Rabbi Justin David always felt drawn toward his family’s faith as a door to community action.“Before going to college, I just had a kind of personal makeup that made me seek out a...

Northampton rabbi, on hiking trip to Israel, joins protests
03-30-2023 2:50 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Rabbi Justin David journeyed from Northampton to Israel at the beginning of March for a 3½- week sabbatical, aiming to hike the Israel National Trail that stretches across the country.But he nearly didn’t make it back.“I left hours...

Holyoke police arrest two after sixth shooting in one week
01-15-2020 5:11 PM


HOLYOKE — After a sixth reported shooting in Holyoke in less than a week, police arrested a city woman on unlawful gun charges and another man who was with her on Tuesday night.Leshmarie Marin-Viera, 20, of Holyoke was arrested on charges of...

Neal backs bill to punish supporters of boycotting Israel
07-21-2017 12:28 PM


U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, is one of 237 members of the House to co-sponsor a controversial bill that the American Civil Liberties Union says would impose harsh penalties on U.S. citizens who support a boycott of Israel.The bill, known as...

Israel reopens Jerusalem holy site after deadly assault
07-16-2017 9:09 AM


JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Muslim worshippers visited a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week that raised concerns about wider unrest.For the first time in...

Governor Baker and Israeli chief scientist announce R&D agreement
12-13-2016 8:49 AM

TEL AVIV – Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson and Economic Minister to North America Inon Elroy to announce an agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Israel on partnerships in research...

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