Protesters urge local nonprofit City Harvest to reject Leviev support
New York, NY, December 15, 2012 – Eighty New Yorkers sang parody carols in front of Israeli settlement-developer and diamond magnate Lev Leviev’s Madison Avenue jewelry store this afternoon. This was the sixth annual holiday demonstration at the store. Leviev’s companies have built thousands of Israeli settlement homes on Palestinian land, and are also involved in human rights abuses and unethical business practices in the diamond industry in Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The protest took place during a period of heightened international criticism of Israeli settlement expansion. This week New Zealand’s Superannuation Fund, which invests $20 billion on behalf of New Zealand’s government, announced its divestment from Leviev’s companies and two others due to their construction of settlements and Israel’s wall in violation of international law.
Endorsed by Artists Against Apartheid, NYC Chapter; Brooklyn For Peace; Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine; CUNY - Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine; CUNY - Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine; CUNY - John Jay College Students for Justice in Palestine; Existence is Resistance; Granny Peace Brigade; International Socialist Organization (ISO); Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) - New York City; Jews Say No!; New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT); Park Slope Food Coop Members for BDS; Siege Busters Working Group; Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU; WESPAC Foundation; Women in Black, Union Square.