The Campaign

The information in these background documents regarding Leviev's companies was last updated in 2009. For more updated information please see Adalah-NY's press releases.

In November 2007, Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East began a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel which aims to pressure Leviev and Boymelgreen to stop building illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine and to end their abusive development in New York City. More immediately the campaign will educate New Yorkers about Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, help build a larger BDS campaign in New York City, and develop links with and support activists working against similar abusive practices in New York City.

Many around the world recognize the extent of Israel’s breach of international law. The real challenge now is to do something about it. The time has come to apply effective international pressure against Israel similar in scope and comprehensiveness to that successfully used to end apartheid in South Africa. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions are non-violent economic, political and cultural measures adopted by individuals, groups or governments intended to protest and place pressure on governments to end objectionable policies.

All Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory violate international law according to a broad international consensus which includes the UN, the International Court of Justice, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that, “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

In July 2005, 171 Palestinian civil society organizations called upon "upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace."

This campaign offers strongly rooted, local BDS targets for New York City activists, as one component of the broader, international BDS campaign targeting Israel.

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