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Samar Gets Temporary Reprieve — Let's Make it Permanent!

Israel's Samar sand dunes -- and the unique animal species that live there -- may be destroyed.

Israel's Samar sand dunes — and the unique animal species that live there — may be destroyed, unless we act now. 

(Photo courtesy of Taal Goldman of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies)


 

By David Krantz

NEW YORK (Nov. 14, 2011) — We are being heard: The Samar sand dunes have been granted a temporary reprieve from destruction! Although the bulldozers were scheduled to start mining the dunes weeks ago, work has been indefinitely postponed in the wake of our efforts and the protests conducted by our partner environmental organizations in Israel. Environment Minister Gilad Erdan arranged for the delay in conversations with the developer. Collectively, our message is getting through to the government.

 

It's a great victory, but we can't rest — we need to make the reprieve permanent; we need to make sure that Samar is saved and preserved for now and forever.

 

Have you called yet to save the dunes? If not, please call the Israeli embassy and give diplomats and politicians the message: The Samar sand dunes should be preserved by the Israeli government as part of the inheritance of Israelis and Jews worldwide.

 

If you live in the United States, you can call (202) 364-5500, and/or fax (202) 364-5423.

 

In Canada, you can call (613) 567-6450, and/or fax (613) 567-9878.

 

In the United Kingdom, you can call (020) 7957-9500, and/or fax (020) 7957-9555.

 

And in Israel, you can call the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at (02) 670-5555. And/or, you can call Netanyahu's political party, Likud, during business hours at (02) 675-3539, and/or fax (02) 649-6578.

 

If you live in another country, then you can find your local embassy through Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

We're winning this battle, but we can't ease up on the pressure until the dunes are guaranteed preservation. Please call the embassy and please spread the word!

 

 


 

David Krantz is the president and chairperson of the Green Zionist Alliance.

 


 

 

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