Leviev’s Africa Israel Continues Settlement-Building, Contradicting 2010 Pledge
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June 18, 2012, New York, NY - Adalah-NY released new photos today showing that Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev’s flagship company, Africa Israel (AI), continues to build Israeli settlements, despite a November 2010 AI statement that it was not involved in settlement construction. Adalah-NY also revealed that US pension giant TIAA-CREF, already the target of a campaign calling for divestment from Israeli occupation, has renewed its investments in AI after selling its shares in 2009. Campaigns targeting Leviev and TIAA-CREF are part of the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it ends its violations of Palestinian rights.
Riham Barghouti from Adalah-NY explained, "Despite a facade of transparency, philanthropy, and glamour, Leviev's companies, including Africa Israel, continue to violate international law by building Israeli settlements and engaging in unethical business practices in Africa. Investors like TIAA-CREF, organizations like the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and celebrities like Daphne Guinness should boycott Leviev's companies rather than abetting their human rights abuses."
However, photos released today by Adalah-NY of a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Gilo in occupied East Jerusalem show signs and construction equipment emblazoned with the name Danya Cebus, AI’s construction subsidiary. While there is no information about the Gilo settlement construction on either the AI or Danya Cebus English or Hebrew websites, little-noted press accounts from October 24, 2010, reported that Danya Cebus planned to build four 10-12 story apartment buildings in Gilo. In May 2012, a marketing representative for the project told Who Profits that three buildings are in advanced stages of construction, and the last building will be completed in May 2014. The construction of Israeli settlements in both the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is considered a violation of international law.