March for permanent ceasefire in Gaza postponed due to weather

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A 25-mile march by some 300 protesters, planned for Sunday from Northampton to Springfield in support of a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, has been postponed due to forecasts of heavy rain and possible flooding.

Molly Aronson, the spokesperson for a coalition of Jewish, Palestinian and peace organizations, announced that the march will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, starting in Northampton and ending at the offices of U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Main Street in Springfield.

The march aims to demand Warren and Markey support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

“The weather forecast is showing rain, heavy at times throughout the day tomorrow, and with wind gusts up to 45 mph and a flood watch for West Springfield and Springfield when we would be marching,” Aronson said. “We deemed it unsafe for us to be out marching in those conditions. We realize it may be hard for some, but we feel it is best for the safety of participants and for this action to have the highest impact in having our message of a permanent cease-fire heard.”

Aronson said more than 300 members of the Jewish Voice for Peace Western MA, the Western Mass Coalition for Palestine, Within Our Lifetime, Existence is Resistance and Demilitarize Western Mass as well as Jewish, Palestinian and allied residents in the Pioneer Valley, including student groups from the Five Colleges, have committed to make the march.

The March for Palestine is now planned to start at 94 Pleasant St. in Northampton at 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and end at 1550 Main St. in Springfield at 6 p.m.

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