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New York, NY - Wealthy Madison Avenue holiday shoppers were greeted Saturday afternoon by boisterous music and dancing, as 60 New Yorkers protested in a growing campaign to boycott Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev over his settlement construction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Participants performed a joyous dabke, a traditional Palestinian dance, and chanted to music from the eight-piece Rude Mechanical Orchestra. During the protest, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz entered LEVIEV New York and emerged to jeers as he displayed a LEVIEV shopping bag to the crowd.

Saturday's event was the third and largest protest outside LEVIEV New York since the store's November 13 gala opening. The protesters highlighted Leviev's abuse of marginalized communities in Palestine, Angola and New York. In the West Bank companies owned by Leviev have built homes in at least five Israeli settlements. These settlements carve the West Bank into disconnected bantustans, seize valuable Palestinian agricultural and water resources, and isolate Palestinian East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, rendering the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible. All Israeli settlements violate international law. Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Israel against its plans to build new homes in Har Homa, one of the settlements where Leviev's company Danya Cebus is building.

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New York, NY - New York human rights activists rejected Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev's defense of his record, repeated their call for a boycott of Leviev due to his construction of illegal Israeli settlements, and announced a third protest for December 8 at 1 PM. The protest will feature a performance of dabka, the traditional Palestinian folk dance. Adalah-NY has organized two protests and four days of leafleting at Leviev's Madison Avenue jewelry store since it opened two weeks ago.

"Leviev claims that we are ignorant of his activities. We know that he is destroying West Bank Palestinian communities like Bil'in and Jayyous with the Israeli settlements his companies are building," said Ethan Heitner of Adalah-NY. "The five settlements where he has built homes threaten to derail the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that started in Annapolis last week. They carve the West Bank into disconnected enclaves, seize valuable resources, and isolate Jerusalem, rendering the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible. Leviev's philanthropy in other parts of the world is small compensation for his contribution to inflaming arguably the world's most important political conflict."

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Glitterati at Leviev’s New York Gala Stunned by Encounter with Palestinian Rights Protest


Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East

Over 100 well-dressed, well-heeled New Yorkers attending the invitation-only opening of diamond mogul Lev Leviev's Madison Avenue jewelry store this evening appeared stunned and aghast to find their evening derailed by a noisy protest against Leviev's construction of illegal West Bank settlements. Gala attendees set down their champagne glasses and gathered by windows to view the signs and Palestinian flags, and hear protesters' chants.

30 New York City human rights activists chanted, "You're glitz, you're glam, you're stealing Palestinian land", and "All your diamonds cannot hide, your support for Apartheid." Protesters called on New York City's upscale residents to boycott Leviev's diamonds. Disconcerted attendees hastily exited to their limousines to loud chants of, "Occupation is a drag, just say no to your gift bag."

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New York, NY- 1500 New Yorkers packed the city block opposite the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan today, chanting and waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags. This was the third in a series of growing protests in New York City over the last two weeks. The protests have been organized by an ad hoc New York coalition against Israeli aggression. 

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Palestinian Child Demands Protection for the Palestinian People at the UN

Riham Barghouti 

July 7, 2006 

New York City - On Thursday afternoon, Mariam Rimawi, a ten year old Palestinian American girl, handed a letter signed by over 700 Palestinian, Arab, American and international organizations and activists to Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor to Kofi Annan in a meeting held at Annan’s UN office in New York City. Ms. Rimawi told Kofi Annan’s Advisor “I am here to give you this letter from the Palestinian people and all their friends asking you to stop the Israelis from killing the Palestinians and to free the Palestinians in Israeli jails.”  Accompanying Ms. Rimawi, Mr. Issa Mikel and Ms. Lubna Hammad conveyed the specific demands included in the letter to Secretary General Annan, including immediate protection of the Palestinian civilian population of the Gaza Strip, release of the over 8,000 Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails, and international pressure to hold Israel accountable for its violations of human rights and international law.