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A human rights activists from Ireland with a particular interest in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the global trade in diamonds which are a major source of funding for the Israeli military regime.
$83-million diamond default: Sotheby's and Israeli war crimes
Sotheby's and BSGR (Beny Steinmetz Group Resources) are tarnished by the Givati Brigade massacre of the Samouni family in Gaza. The $83-million default by investors who purchased the Steinmetz Pink may be part of the cost they have to pay for the Steinmetz Foundation's funding and support of a brigade accused of war crimes.
Saturday, August 31, 2013(6 comments)
Three Palestinians killed as jewellers search for bargains
As Israel's diamond-funded occupation and brutal subjugation of Palestine continues unchecked, leading jewellers from around the world attended a diamond fair in Tel Aviv. Diamonds that are a major source of funding for the Israeli military are being sold by jewellers worldwide who deceitfully claim they are conflict-free.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Are Sotheby's Steinmetz diamonds blood diamonds?
Sotheby's Diamonds' partnership with the Steinmetz Diamond Group exposes its shareholders to moral and legal risk. The Steinmetz Diamond Group funds and supports a unit of the Givati Brigade of the Israeli military. The Givati Brigade was responsible for the massacre of the Samouni family in Gaza - a suspected war crime. Diamonds that fund war crimes are blood diamonds. Sotheby's has ignored this risk to their business.
Thursday, May 16, 2013(1 comments)
Israeli blood diamond agreement scuppered by BDS activists
Attempts by the Israeli diamond industry to get diamond buyers from Dubai to attend a diamond fair in Israeli were scuppered by BDS activists who highlighted the links between Israeli diamonds and the funding of Israeli war crimes in Palestine.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013(1 comments)
Israeli Authorities drop a major fraud investigation to protect the Israeli Diamond Industry
The Israeli economy is dangerously over-reliant on the diamond industry. The industry is a major source of funding for the Israeli military which is guilty of gross human rights violations. Israeli diamonds should, therefore, be regarded as blood diamonds (not "conflict diamonds" as described by the Kimberley Process). When a fraud investigation threatened the industry authorities agreed to drop the investigation.
Thursday, February 21, 2013(3 comments)
Hollywood blinded by the Bling - Diamonds are for Never
As Hollywood Stars stride the red carpet at The Oscars dripping in diamonds polished in Israel no one will be there to hold a candle in memory of Lubna Hanash, a Palestinian lady shot and killed by the diamond-funded Israeli military.
Jewellers turn a blind eye to war crimes funded by Israeli diamonds. Consumers will not easily forgive or forget when the facts about the trade in Israeli blood diamond become more widely known
Thursday, January 10, 2013(3 comments)
Diamond industry spin conceals on-going trade in Blood Diamonds
The diamond industry claims the Kimberley Process has ended the trade in blood diamonds, ignoring the fact that diamonds which fund human-rights violations by governments are KP compliant. Diamonds processed in Israel are labelled conflict-free even though they fund a nuclear-armed belligerent regime accused of war crimes by the UN HRC and Human Rights Watch.
Israel's greatest fear - its diamond trade exposed
Diamonds, which account for 30% of Israel manufacturing exports, are a major source of funding for the Israeli military, which stands accused of war crimes. Moves to broaden the remit of the Kimberley Process regulations could expose Israeli diamonds to international sanctions and a global boycott.