Federation in the news: Amherst Bulletin 3/3/24

Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium next week.

Long the site of Amherst’s previous legislative body, representative Town Meeting, the auditorium will be the stage for the Town Council meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. The rescheduled and relocated meeting came after this week’s session was postponed when more than 80 people indicated they intended to come to the Town Room at Town Hall, exceeding its capacity.

A public outdoor workshop on creating and displaying peace cranes in downtown Amherst and a family-friendly rally Monday evening were among the steps supporters of a cease-fire in Gaza have taken to press Amherst councilors to adopt the resolution calling for an end to the bloodshed and destruction and for hostages to be freed in the Israel-Hamas war there.