Last week, it didn't pass. What about THIS week?

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

 Update: The dangerous plan to enlarge the city of Qalqilya – 5 minutes from Kfar Saba - did NOT pass. There was no majority in cabinet.

But the American pressure is so great, that Netanyahu cannot take the dangerous Qalqilya plan off the table. Netanyahu will be holding another vote on the dangerous Qalqilya plan, 10 days after the first (cancelled) vote i.e. in just a few days.

Meantime, heavy pressure is being brought to bear on Israel’s cabinet members. Write to them – particularly Ministers Erdan, Gallant and Yisrael Katz - and URGE them to vote AGAINST the Qalqilya plan!  

Example letter:

Dear Ministers Erdan Gallant and Yisrael Katz,

gerdan@knesset.gov.il; yoavg@knesset.gov.il; yiskatz@knesset.gov.il;  

Qalqilya is LESS crowded then Bnai-Brak, Israel! Please DON’T give Qalqilya Israel’s scarce land!

Also, any “private property” near Qalqilya is actually chaos -- multiply-owned (“fragmented”) land: Dozens of grandchildren or even great-grandchildren may now co-own  a field which long ago might have been worked by a single farmer. When the Palestinian Authority gets its hands on such land, it simply forces the owners to sell.

In which case, why should the Palestinian Authority or Qalqilya Municipality force-sell the land near Qalqilya, which is in (Israeli) Area C? Israel should do the selling -- to Israelis (again, this is Area C, the Palestinians can buy and use land in Areas A, B and Jordan) and divide the proceeds of the sale, between any genuine Palestinian owners.

Sincerely, (YOUR FULL NAME)

Further reading:

*Washington Post about Qalqilya plan: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/expansion-plan-highlights-crowded-west-bank-citys-plight/2017/07/11/cca8051a-66a8-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html?utm_term=.59ca289d80af

*The truth about “Palestinian private property”  -  due to its fragmented ownership, it all gets sold anyway!  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/18/palestinians-land-protect-future    

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-1.567920   http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837716300503.

 This is Susie Dym, spokesperson for Mattot Arim, an Israeli NGO, writing to you from Israel. Pass on the favor - write to the 3 ministers who will be deciding Kfar Saba's future in just a few days. 

Thanks for helping Israel. It's appreciated. And please -- pass this on.