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Sarandon asked to boycott Leviev
Protesting groups seek justice over Leviev's construction of illegal settlements
By: Diamond World News Service
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Jan 3 2008 12:00AM
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Israel's Coalition of Women for Peace has called on US actress Susan Sarandon to publicly disavow connections with the businesses of Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev due to his companies' construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This follows similar requests to Sarandon by leading Palestinian civil society organizations, the Palestinian villages of Bil'in and Jayyous where Leviev is building settlements, the US group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and Adalah-NY.

Sarandon had apparently crossed a picket line of human rights campaigners from Adalah-NY, to attend the November 13 opening of the Madison Avenue LEVIEV New York store. The New York Post reported on December 24 that Sarandon's representative said that, "She has no ties to any jewelry company," responding to JVP's letter asking Sarandon "to publicly sever all connections with him and his company."

A letter written by Mohammed Khatib and Sharif Omar, representatives of Bil'in and Jayyous, on December 26 mentioned that Leviev's settlements are "destroying the olive groves and farms that have sustained our villages for centuries." It also said "We are engaged in a struggle for justice, for our freedom – indeed, for our very lives. We call on you, Ms. Sarandon, to… stand with us in our struggle to save our land and our communities."

According to Issa Mikel, a spokesperson for Adalah-NY, "All Israeli settlements violate international law. Ms. Sarandon has repeatedly and publicly stood up for the human rights of diverse groups. We encourage her to do the same for Palestinians, and eliminate any misperception that she condones Leviev's settlement construction." Adalah-NY has now organized five protests at Leviev's jewelry store.

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