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In July, 2010, over 1000 Israeli police entered the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev, and demolished the village to make room for a forest planted by the Jewish National Fund, a close partner of the Arava Institute. Al-Araqib has since been rebuilt and demolished four more times. The Arava Institute. located in the Negev, has not commented on the demolition of Al-Araqib. (Photo by ActiveStills )

Adalah-NY, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, and American Jews for a Just Peace call for a boycott of and protests against the performances of the Israel Ballet during their February, 2010 US tour, due to the Israel Ballet’s complicity in whitewashing Israeli apartheid.

The Israel Ballet will perform from February 8 – 27, 2010 in Panama City (FL), Ft. Myers (FL), Sarasota (FL), Bunnel (FL), West Palm Beach (FL), Gainesville (FL), Newport News (VA), Burlington (VT), Worcester (MA), Brooklyn (NY), Morgantown (WV), Buffalo (NY), Elmira (NY) and Rockville (MD). We call on individuals and groups to mobilize to boycott and protest against these performances.

 

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions are moral, nonviolent actions to pressure Israel to comply with basic principles of justice and international law, including ending the occupation, facilitating the right of Palestinian refugees to return and ensuring equal rights for all Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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Why Jewelers of America Members Should Steer Clear of Lev Leviev’s Businesses

Jewelers of America (JA) is a member of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP). All CRJP members have committed themselves to a set of laudable principles to contribute to sustainable development.

The businesses of Israeli diamantier Lev Leviev are not members of JA or the CRJP and have recently been renounced by Oxfam International and UNICEF due to their construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank in violation of international law. Companies owned by Leviev’s partner in settlement construction, Shaya Boymelgreen, are now being sued for war crimes in Canada.

JA members should not do business with Leviev’s companies because there is strong evidence that Leviev’s companies may violate the following principles of the CRJP:

Why the Diamond Industry Should Steer Clear of Lev Leviev’s Businesses

The Rapaport Group’s statement on Corporate Responsibility lays out a number of important principles to ensure a “strong proactive role promoting and implementing corporate responsibility programs around the world.” Other major jewelry industry associations like Jewelers of America (JA) and the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP) have committed themselves to similar laudable principles to respect human rights and contribute to sustainable development.

Members of the diamond industry should not do business with the companies of Israeli diamantier Lev Leviev because there is strong evidence that Leviev’s businesses violate the Rapaport Group’s principles on corporate responsibility as well as those of the JA and CRJP. Leviev’s businesses have recently been renounced by Oxfam International and UNICEF due to Leviev’s construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank in violation of international law. Companies owned by Leviev’s partner in settlement construction, Shaya Boymelgreen, are now being sued for war crimes in Canada.

Leviev’s companies violate the following principles from the Rapaport Group’s statement on Corporate Responsibility:

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