July 9 Demo: 4 years after the ICJ, bring Leviev to justice

Press Release

Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
Adalah-NY Contact: [email protected]

For Immediate Release

On Fourth Anniversary of International Court Ruling, Protesters Call for Settlement-builder Lev Leviev to be Brought to Justice

New York, NY – Thirty human rights advocates held a spirited protest in the rain outside the Leviev jewelry store on Madison Avenue today, demanding that Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev be brought to justice for his companies' construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Many protesters held signs featuring a large cartoon mug shot of Leviev emblazoned with the words, “Wanted, Lev Leviev, For Violating International Law.”

The protest was held on the fourth anniversary of the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague, the world's highest legal body, that both Israeli settlements and the Wall Israel is building inside the West Bank to facilitate settlement expansion, violate international law. From Wednesday through Friday, similar demonstrations are being held in Palestinian towns like Jayyous and Bil’in that are directly affected by Leviev's illegal settlement construction.

Daniel Lang/Levitsky from Jews Against the Occupation, a member group in the Adalah-NY coalition, explained, “Our protest today is part of a growing worldwide movement to boycott and hold accountable Israeli businesses like those of Lev Leviev and his sometime partner Shaya Boymelgreen for abuses of Palestinian rights like settlement construction. We are also actively supporting people in Angola, Namibia and in New York City who are struggling against human rights abuses committed by Leviev’s companies.”

Press Coverage

The National

Abstract: 

Human rights protesters took to the streets in New York last week to continue their campaign against an Israeli billionaire who is suspected of building settlements in the occupied West Bank. Adalah-NY, a Jewish-Palestinian umbrella group of activists, vowed to maintain pressure on Lev Leviev, a real estate and diamond mogul who is one of the richest men in Israel, over his suspected activities in the West Bank and to prevent him from opening more Leviev diamond jewellery stores in Dubai.

Press Coverage

Diamonds.net

Abstract: 

The Panama Diamond Exchange expects serious growth potential for diamond trading and diamond jewelry sales in Central America. Exchange president Erez Akerman talks about these projections. Adalah-NY stages another protest on the doors of  Leviev Diamond on Madison Avenue. Larry Gordon, co-chair of Jewelers on the Fairway, discusses the group's upcoming golf tournament at Trump National in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Press Coverage

Inter Press Service News Agency

Abstract: 

Having successfully lobbied the U.N. Children's Agency UNICEF to stop accepting donations from Israeli billionaire Lev Avnerovich Leviev, activists from Adalah-NY are urging celebrities who have made public appearances with Leviev to cut all ties with him.

On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice at the Hague ruled that Israeli settlements and the West Bank Wall illegally annex Palestinian land, violate Palestinian human rights and must be dismantled. In violation of the law, billionaire diamond merchant LEV LEVIEV and his sometime partner, SHAYA BOYMELGREEN, have used the Wall to grab more land to construct illegal Jewish-only housing worth hundreds of millions of dollars. At the same time, they are attempting to drive out families in New York so they can create more luxury condos.

Join protesters in the villages Leviev is stealing land from in the West Bank
and in New York on the fourth anniversary of the court's opinion.
Bring Leviev to justice!

Wednesday, July 9 2008 4:30pm - 6pm
700 Madison Ave., btw 62nd and 63rd

Boycott Leviev!

Event Location: 

Leviev NYC
700 Madison Ave. Between 62nd and 63rd Sts
New York , NY

Event Date: 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

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