The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign to expose the trade in Israeli blood diamonds is claiming a victory following the removal of an article published by the Israeli Diamond Exchange (IDE) on Sunday 12th May announcing that the chair of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Peter Meeus, had agreed to organise a delegation of diamond buyers from Dubai to attend a diamond fair in Israel next August.
Following emails to
authorities in the
Cut and polished diamonds that fund human rights violations are blood diamonds by Inminds
The IDE article, described as a Press Release by Rapaport, was published on the IDE, Rapaport and INDEX website -- all leading global diamond industry portals. IDEX reported that it would be a "ground-breaking development"
On Monday 13 th
the BDS campaign to expose the trade in Israeli blood diamonds shared a link to
the Rapaport article on its Facebook page and
encouraged people to write to the Dubai Diamond Exchange and ask why they were
promoting the trade in Israeli blood diamonds.
An email was sent the
United Arab Emirates government on Monday afternoon, via their website, querying how it could be legal
for diamond buyers from Dubai to do business with Israeli diamond companies
given that the Arab League maintains a boycott of Israel which prohibits
cooperation with Israeli companies and pointing out that Israeli diamonds are a
major source of funding for the Israeli military which stands accused of war
Later that evening the
links to the articles on the Rapaport and IDI website were taken down. The IDEX
remained in place until Tuesday when it too was taken down. A cached version of
the Rapaport article
was still available at the time of writing.
There can be little doubt that this is a significant setback for the Israeli
Diamond Industry"s efforts to develop trade links with the Dubai Diamond Exchange.
The DDE has grown exponentially over the last decade and now competes with Tel
Aviv for the diamond trade between Africa and the increasingly important and
rapidly growing diamond markets in
While diamond buyers from
De Beers, which is heavily
involved with the Israeli diamond industry, has at least two outlets
These companies sell
diamonds crafted in
This setback for the
Israeli diamond industry comes as the global body known as the Kimberley
Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), set up ostensibly to prevent the trade in
blood diamonds, prepares to meet in
In a stinging article published this week a leading ethical jeweller, Marc Choyt, writes: " The big family secret in the jewelry sector is that the Kimberley Process Certification (KP), which created a system to prevent blood diamonds from entering the supply chain, now certifies blood diamonds as "conflict free .
Yet, jewelers continue to rely on this now discredited system as an assurance of ethical diamond sourcing. This is an unacceptable practice and its time for KP to be abandoned by jewelers and the public, now. "
If that doesn't happen the diamond brand image will continue to be associated with bloodshed and violence rather than the romantic imagery which the industry has spent millions, if not billions, of dollars promoting over many decades.