Israeli Diamonds

Boycott Israeli Diamonds campaign is lead by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

The World Diamond Council was established in 2000 with its mandate being “the development, implementation and oversight of a tracking system for the export and import of rough diamonds to prevent the exploitation of diamonds for illicit purposes such as war and inhumane acts”. To this end it initiated the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme to stem the flow of “conflict” or “blood diamonds”. In keeping with the limited concerns of the WDC the UN-mandated Kimberly Process adopted a very narrow definition of what constitutes a conflict or blood diamond: “rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments”. Such a limited definition of conflict diamonds allows the trade in cut and polished diamonds to avoid the human rights compliance demanded of rough diamonds. Therefore Israel, in constant and flagrant breach of the human right of the Palestinian people as well as international law, is able to benefit from the unrestricted access of diamonds crafted in Israel to the multi-billion dollar global diamond market. On its website the World Diamond Council fails to mention that the diamond industry is the main artery of the Israeli economy, accounting for over 30% of Israel’s total manufacturing exports worth nearly $20 billion in 2008.

Sean Clinton’s article, ‘Israel’s Blood Diamonds’ (Electronic Intifada, 29 March 2010) can be read in full here:http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11170.shtml

Sean Clinton’s article, Israel’s greatest fear – its diamond trade exposed

An Israeli Blood Diamond is forever…on your conscience

 

Latest News and Articles on Blood Diamonds Campaign

  • Link to Blood Diamonds Campaign February 20, 2014 Israeli Blood Diamonds Omar Barghouti – ” Given the fact that today Israel is the world leader in exporting polished diamonds, with revenues reaching $20 billion in 2008 – far larger than its lucrative and often scrutinized arms trade – I cannot overemphasize the significance of effective BDS campaigns to raise awareness about Israel’s violations of ...
  • Palestinians call for a boycott of Israeli diamonds February 2, 2013 Press Release    –     1 February 2013 Over 50 Palestinian organisations, representing a cross-section of Palestinian civil society, including women’s groups and Trade Unions, and international organisations in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for equality, justice and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, have issued an appeal to women and men of conscience and jewellers ...
  • VIDEO: ‘Israeli Blood Diamonds to Dust in Disgust’ Action, Dublin 24-11-2012 November 25, 2012 Today, Saturday 24th Nov 2012 on Grafton Street, Dublin, Anne Clinton, a human rights activist from Limerick, used a hammer to pulverise the diamond jewellery she got from her husband years ago in a public display of her outrage at jewellers for bankrolling Israeli war crimes in Gaza. The action took place just days before members ...
  • Action Alert: Please email members of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition October 22, 2012 The Kimberley Process (KP) Civil Society Coalition (CSC) members should be made aware that the public want an end to the trade in all blood diamonds – cut and polished diamonds as well as rough diamonds linked to human rights violations. They should be informed that diamonds which fund war crimes and possible crimes against humanity are ...
  • De Beers linked to Israeli war-crimes July 23, 2012 Human rights activists protest outside De Beers Steinmetz moves to conceal facts that could scupper $5.1 billion De Beers’ deal Source: London Indymedia With a $5.1 billion deal at stake and human rights activists increasing pressure on De Beers to remove the Forevermark Steinmetz Jubilee Diamond from the Tower of London, the Steinmetz Foundation recently scrubbed from their ...
  • Gaza family, victims of Israeli war crimes, appeal to Queen Elizabeth II to remove “blood diamond”. June 12, 2012 The Sammoni family in Gaza have issued an appeal to the Queen to remove the Steinmetz Forevermark Jubilee Diamond which De Beers put on display in the Tower of London to mark the Queen’s jubilee.   Twenty nine members of the Sammoni family were killed by the Givati Brigade of the Israeli army during the Israeli assault on Gaza called Operation Cast Lead in December ...
  • Tell the Kimberly Process: Israeli diamonds are blood diamonds April 17, 2011 BDS Movement. Global Palestine Solidarity has launched a petition urging the Kimberley Process to widen its definition of conflict diamonds to include all diamonds that fund human rights violations. Israeli economist Shir Hever: “Diamond industry funds Israel’s war machine with some US $1 billion yearly.”   The petition currently has nearly 1000 signatures. The Kimberley Process was designed to certify ...

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