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Graff, Leviev Diamond Stores Face Human Rights Protestors

10 february 2009

Two of the diamond industry’s premier luxury retailers, Graff Diamonds and Leviev, are facing protests this week outside their respective flagship locations, though for vastly different reasons, RAPAPORT reported. Survival International will hold a protest outside Graff Diamonds' London store on Tuesday, calling on Laurence Graff to use his interest in Gem Diamonds to have the mining company withdraw from its “controversial” Gope diamond mine development in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Graff recently bought a 9 percent stake in Gem Diamonds.
The human rights group said the mine is being planned on the land of the Kalahari Bushmen, who face “severe water shortages” because of the development. Gem Diamonds has insisted in the past that it has consistently engaged in dialogue with the Bushmen regarding the mine. Survival maintains, however, that the Bushmen have had no independent advice on the probable impact of the mine, and so their acquiescence was obtained in bad faith. In November, the Botswana government approved an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study for the development of the Gope mine, allowing Gem Diamonds to start negotiations for a mining license on the site.
“Survival has written to celebrities who wear Graff diamonds, including Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Elizabeth Hurley, asking them to stop wearing the jewels. Survival is also targeting the Oscars to prevent celebrities wearing Graff diamonds,” the group said in a statement. A similar campaign was leveled against De Beers, the mine’s previous owner.
Meanwhile, continuing its campaign against Lev Leviev, Palestinian rights activist group Adalah New York has called for a Valentine’s Day boycott of Leviev's jewelry to protest his alleged involvement in Israeli settlements. The last protest, held on February 7, 2009, was the 13th demonstration outside Leviev’s New York store on Madison Avenue.
Adalah claims that Leviev's companies have been building housing units on Palestinian land in such settlements as Mattityahu East, Zufim, Har Homa and Ma'ale Adumim. Leviev previously dismissed the protests saying there was a hint of antisemitism in the protesters' actions. “The protests you refer to are clearly aimed at Israel and not at one particular company,” Leviev told Rapaport News at a conference in Tel Aviv in February 2008.