The last time Qalqilya was in the news – about a week ago – Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed a government decision to permit a huge increase in new construction for this Arab town, just meters from Route 6 and Jewish communities. This was due to a lack of a majority in his cabinet for the proposal to pass.
However, American pressure is such, that Netanyahu cannot take it off the table. It looks like he will be holding another vote on the plan, 10 days after the first one, i.e. in just a few days.
Meantime, heavy pressure is being brought to bear on Israel’s cabinet members to approve it. PLEASE WRITE TO THEM – particularly Ministers Erdan, Gallant and Yisrael Katz – and URGE them to vote AGAINST the Qalqilya plan!
Here is a sample letter:
Dear Ministers Erdan Gallant and Yisrael Katz,
Qalqilya is LESS crowded then Bnai-Brak, Israel! Please DO NOT give Qalqilya Israel’s scarce land!
Also, any land considered “private property” near Qalqilya is actually chaos –multiple-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 any case, why should the Palestinian Authority or the Qalqilya Municipality be allowed to 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 if necessary, divide the proceeds among any genuine Palestinian owners, if they actually exist.
Sincerely, (YOUR FULL NAME)