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Alert 6th Feb 2016 - Valentines Protest Israeli Blood Diamonds - Tiffany sources diamonds from Gaza massacre funder
6 February 2016
DATE: Sat 6th Feb 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
LOCATION: Meet outside De Beers Jewellers, 50 Old Bond St (corner with Piccadilly) , London W1S 4QT (Closest tube Green Park)
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Israel's diamond industry is a main source of funding for the Israeli military ( $1 billion every year according to testimony given at the Russell Tribunal in Nov 2010 by Israeli economist Shir Hever).
Valentines Day is a traditional favourite for engagements with 1 in 10 proposals happening on Valentine's Day. According to the Israeli Diamond Industry, consumer surveys show 29.1% of men plan to buy Jewellery for Valentines Day. Join us on Saturday 6th February 2016 - the weekend before Valentines Day - as we proceed down Old Bond Street on a rolling protest stopping at the businesses of the main peddlers of Israeli blood diamonds to reveal to the public the complicity of these companies in war crimes in Palestine. We will meet promptly at 12:30 outside De Beers at the corner of Old Bond Street and Piccadilly.
TIFFANY & CO
One of our main targets will be Tiffany & Co jeweller.
Tiffany's partner and one of its main suppliers of diamonds is Israel's Steinmetz Diamonds Group. The Steinmetz Diamond Group through the Steinmetz Foundation funds and supports the notorious Givati Brigade of the Israeli army which stands accused of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Givati Brigade is responsible for the massacre of the Samouni family in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. On 4th January 2009 the Givati Brigade rounded up 100 members of the Samouni family and ordered them into the house of Wa'el Samouni. The house was then bombed, and rescue services were prevented from approaching for four days, with ambulances being fired on. When rescue workers were finally allowed access, they found buried beneath the rubble, traumatised children besides the corpses of their parents and siblings. The Givati had massacred 29 family members and in case anyone mistook their intent they left a message on one of the remaining walls of the house, daubed in Hebrew it read "The only good Arab is a dead Arab".
The Foundation’s website boasted of "adopting" a unit of the Givati brigade, of "fostering close relationships with the commanders and their soldiers", of "buying equipment " for them specifically during Operation Cast Lead, that is, during their slaughter of the Samouni family.
The survivors of the Samouni family in a video message asked the people of the UK to reject diamonds processed by the Steinmetz Diamond company.
Tiffany's helped fund Steinmetz Kiodu diamond mine in Sierra Leone by $50 million. In return Steinmetz, through its Octea company, provides Tiffany's with its cut diamonds.
Tiffany's through its partnership with Steinmetz is complicit in the funding of war crimes in Gaza.
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