Londoners oppose Israeli blood diamond

21 Aug


British anti-Israel campaigners have staged a protest in central London’s diamond district to express their opposition against the sale of Israeli blood diamond.

Palestine solidarity activists took the Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds campaign at Hatton Gardens to protest against the sale of Israeli diamonds and to inform the nationals and jewelers that the diamonds crafted in Israel would fund war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Diamonds are reportedly most important export product of Israel, rocking to 34 per cent in the first half of this year. Israel’s diamond industry makes over $1 billion a year for funding Israel’s military operations.

The activists drew a parallel between diamonds from Israel to blood diamonds from conflict zones. They say sales of diamonds help bankroll the Israeli military and therefore fund its war crimes.

Sean Clinton, the leader of Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds campaign, said that Hatton Gardens was targeted because it was one of the main hubs of global diamond industry.

“While there is some public awareness about the trade in blood-tainted, rough diamonds from Zimbabwe, the media in general ignores the far larger trade in blood tainted diamonds from Israel.

“According to evidence presented at the London session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine last year, the Israeli diamond industry generates about $1 billion in funding for the Israeli military each year.

“So when someone buys a diamond from Israel they are helping to fund war crimes and other human rights violations in Palestine,” he said.

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Posted by on 2011-08-21 in Crime, Israel


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