Shaya Boymelgreen

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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.

“The main entrepreneurs involved in the expansion of Modi‘in Illit are Lev Leviev, one of Israel’s most powerful businessmen and an owner of Africa Israel Investments; Leviev’s business partner Shaya Boymelgreen, an American real-estate investor; Mordechai Yona, the former head of the Contractors Association; and Pinchas Salzman, an orthodox businessman.” Israeli historian Gadi Algazi, July-August, 2006, Offshore Zionism, New Left Review.

Shaya Boymelgreen and Lev Leviev created the US real estate development company Leviev Boymelgreen in 2002. With Boymelgreen as President, Leviev Boymelgreen built and developed numerous projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn. These developments have been plagued by construction problems, including delays and poor craftsmanship. Their employees, frequently non-union, are underpaid and work in unsafe conditions. Their poor development practices endanger their workers and the surrounding community. As a result New York City communities have organized to stop their abuses, including through one campaign organized by ACORN and The Laborers Union. Leviev and Boymelgreen dissolved their US partnership in the summer of 2007. Shaya Boymelgreen remains a major New York City real estate developer and a major player in the planned Gowanus Village development in Brooklyn.

The West Bank village of Bil’in is known worldwide for conducting a nearly three-year nonviolent campaign, in partnership with Israeli activists, against Israel’s Wall and settlements. The wall was built to take half of Bil’in’s lands and facilitate the expansion of Israeli settlements on that land. Shaya Boymelgreen is building part of the Mattityahu East neighborhood in the Israeli settlement of Modi’in Illit, on Bil’in’s land. Boymelgreen’s Canadian company, The Green Park Project, subcontracted Lev Leviev's company Danya Cebus to carry out this construction. The construction of Mattityahu East on Bil’in’s agricultural land undermines villagers’ ability to survive and remain in their homes. Boymelgreen hired low-paid Palestinian and immigrant laborers to build Mattityahu East.

After nearly three years of nonviolent protest by the village of Bil’in involving over 200 protests, over a thousand injuries and hundreds of arrests, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on September 4, 2007 that the wall must be rerouted in Bil’in, saving some of Bil’in’s land and stopping part of Boymelgreen’s planned construction in Mattityahu East. However, on September 5, the Israeli Supreme Court legalized other Boymelgreen settlement building in Mattityahu East on Bil’in’s land, despite ample evidence that they were illegal even under Israeli law.