Land Developer BDS (Leviev)

Valentine's Day protest at Leviev NYC on Feb 6, 2016
Third time we shut down the store. Our Valentine's Day protest at Leviev NYC on Feb 6, 2016



Dr. Joyce F. Brown
New York, NY

Valerie Steele
The Museum at FIT
New York, NY

November 21, 2011

Dear Dr. Brown and Ms. Steele,

As groups committed to human rights in the Middle East we were concerned to read reports[1] and find confirmation on your website that the Fashion Institute of Technology recently accepted a grant from the LVD Foundation, which is headed by businessman Lev Leviev. Evidently, Leviev’s funding is being used to finance an exhibition of British designer Daphne Guinness’ clothing at the Museum at FIT.[2]

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

New York, NY – Fashion icon Daphne Guinness and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have been asked by US and UK human rights groups to sever their ties with Israeli diamond and settlement mogul Lev Leviev. Representatives for FIT and Guinness responded that they are taking into account the groups’ concerns, but have not explained how, nor given any timeframe for a more specific response.

Announcements and posters for the exhibition of Guinness’ clothes at the Museum at FIT note that the exhibition "has been made possible in part through the generosity of LEVIEV Extraordinary Diamonds." Leviev also hosted a September 12 event celebrating Guinness and FIT’s Couture Council that Guinness attended, apparently at his New York City jewelry store.

The groups also called on the US charity the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which also recently accepted funds from Leviev, to distance itself from him. Leviev has touted his support for FIT and BCRF in the media, calling the grants the first in "a broad based initiative that will benefit a variety of local and international charities."


Be part of Adalah-NY's critically acclaimed
Holiday Caroling Choir in front of Lev Leviev's jewelry store

Adalah-NY's recent attention to Leviev's sponsorship of the Daphne Guinness exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology has put Leviev's settlement development back in the news. With UK Vogue, Women's Wear DailyNew York Magazine, and other media reporting on his companies' human rights violations, the pressure is on. This year's caroling will send a clear message that Leviev can't hide behind fashion and philanthropy. Come lend your voice!

Press Coverage

Racked NY


The Daphne Guinness exhibit currently on view at the Museum at FIT has come under a bit of scrutiny lately, due to one of its sponsors. The human rights group Adalah-NY has asked the exhibit to sever its ties with Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds, because of its owner's ties to the West Bank.

Press Coverage

Women's Wear Daily


Daphne Guinness and the Fashion Institute of Technology have been asked to end Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds’ sponsorship of the exhibition about the heiress fashion icon that is now on at the school’s museum.

Press Coverage



Daphne Guinness's current fashion exhibit at the Museum at FIT has drawn the ire of peace groups including Adalah-NY, Code Pink and Jewish Voice for Peace because of the show's principal sponsor, one Lev Leviev.



Settlement building in the West Bank is accelerating feverishly. Every day more and more Palestinians face the threat of having their homes demolished and losing their land and source of livelihood. Leviev continues to support settlement activity through his company Leader Management and Development, which continues to build the illegal settlement of Zufim on confiscated land. As our boycott and divestment campaign against Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev continues, we are asking everyone and their mother to come out.

Press Release


New York, NY, May 7 – On the day before Mother’s Day, 30 New Yorkers protested outside Lev Leviev’s Madison Avenue jewelry store against the illegal settlement construction by the Israeli billionaire and diamond mogul. The protesters called on shoppers to boycott Leviev even as residents from the West Bank village of Jayyous reported that a Leviev company, Leader Management and Development, continues to build settlement homes on Jayyous’ agricultural land. Following boycott pressure, one Leviev company, Africa Israel, stated in November 2010 that it had no plans to build additional Israeli settlements.

Riham Barghouti of Adalah-NY explained, “No diamond is worth the destruction of people’s lives. Millions of Palestinian mothers are unable to celebrate Mother’s Day because their children or husbands have been jailed or killed for opposing Israeli occupation, their farmland has been stolen for Israeli settlements or they have been forced to live as refugees in exile. As part of the global movement to boycott businesses that profit from Israeli apartheid, this protest aims to send a message of hope to Palestinian mothers.”