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Sunday, May 04, 2008


Mothers call for Mother's Day boycott of Israeli settlement-builder Leviev

Mothers call for Mother's Day boycott of Israeli settlement-builder Leviev
May 2, 2008

To sign on to the boycott call email: info@adalahny.org

M'azuza Abu Rahmeh, a mother from Bil'in, explains, "I hope that on this important day for mothers that no women in the world will have to live through this type of experience and that instead they will live with their families and homes, in security and peace."

Halima Husain, a mother from Jayyous, adds, "I hope that free people around the world will boycott Israel's occupation and will not support businesses of wealthy Israelis like Leviev who is building the settlement of Zufim, and that they will stand with us to lift this shadow and darkness that hangs over the Palestinian people."

With our governments failing to act, the only way to end the suffering of Palestinian mothers and their families is to boycott Israeli companies like Leviev's that profit from the illegal activities of land confiscation and settlement construction. No diamond is worth the destruction of people's lives. This Mother's Day support mothers like Halima Husain, and M'azuza Abu Rahmeh from Bil'in, along with their children. Boycott Leviev.

As mothers from New York City and from around the world, we stand with Palestinian mothers from villages like Jayyous and Bil'in and call on New Yorkers to boycott Lev Leviev's Madison Avenue jewelry store every day, but especially on Mother's Day. Leviev is exploiting this holiday in honor of mothers, the third biggest jewelry shopping period annually in the US, to sell his jewelry, even as his companies ruin the lives of mothers in Palestine.

Leviev's companies have built homes for Israelis in the settlements of Zufim on the land of the West Bank village of Jayyous, Mattityahu East on Bil'in's land, and homes in the Maale Adumim and Har Homa settlements, which are cutting off Palestinian East Jerusalem from the West Bank.

While all Israeli settlements violate international law and destroy hopes for peace, Leviev's settlements also exact a heavy human toll on mothers and families. Halima Husain, a mother of seven from Jayyous, explains, "The settlement of Zufim was established directly on our land which was planted with olive, almond and fig trees. We registered complaints repeatedly with the Israelis with no results." Now Israel has built its wall through Jayyous in order to annex 70% of the village's farmland for Zufim's expansion. Villagers need Israeli permits to pass through the wall and reach their farmland. Halima continues, "I don't have a permit and my husband Hosni has been denied a permit for 10 months. One of my children has been held for 14 months in an Israeli prison and I haven't been able to visit him for three months with the Israeli excuse of 'security reasons.' And now my husband's income is insufficient to cover my son's university education, the costs of my other son in prison and our household expenses, all because we can't reach our land."

Halima's story is similar to many in Jayyous. The once-prosperous farming village of 3,400 residents is impoverished because families can't access their land. 70% of Jayyous' families are now in great need of food aid. 103 out of a total of 195 students in grades 7-12 have dropped out of school because parents can't cover school expenses. In 2002, before Israel began the wall's construction, 180 students from Jayyous were in universities. That number has now dropped to 50.

In Bil'in, M'azuza Abu Rahmeh, a mother of five boys and four girls, explains, "Our land was seized for the construction of Mattityahu East settlement. And our olive trees were cut down during the construction of the apartheid wall. These trees hold memories for each of my children that are impossible to forget. This pushed us to confront the bulldozers when they uprooted the trees during the wall's construction." M'azuza and her children, including her 23 year-old son Hamza, participated in Bil'in's three-year nonviolent community campaign against the construction of the Mattityahu East and the apartheid wall which was intended to annex the settlement to Israel. M'azuza says that during the protests, "Hamza was gravely injured in the head when he was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and he spent two weeks in the hospital. One month after he left the hospital the Israeli military came to our house at night and, after sowing fear in me and in my small children and turning our house upside down, they arrested Hamza. I felt as if my heart had been ripped from my body. I am pained when I remember our uprooted olive trees, and Hamza's injury and arrest."

During more than 200 demonstrations aiming to prevent the seizure of 50% of Bil'in's land, the Israeli military has injured around 1,000 civilian protesters, including Israelis and internationals, and arrested 50. Around 300 of those injured and 13 of those jailed were children from Bil'in.For more information on the campaign to boycott Leviev's companies see:


To sign on to the boycott call email: info@adalahny.org

1. Paula Abrams-Hourani, Vienna, Austria
2. Widad Albassam, Chicago, USA
3. May Al-Issa, London, UK
4. Nazhat Al-Issa, London , UK
5. Arwa Aziz, New York, NY, USA
6. Maie Ayoub Vonkhol, NY, USA
7. Najah Barsoum, NY, USA
8. Georgina Bedrossian, NY, USA
9. Marcia Bernstein, Brooklyn, NY, USA
10. Didi Beydoun, NY, USA
11. Monique Blin, Paris, France
12. Elizabeth Block, Toronto, Canada
13. Rima Bordacosh, NY, USA
14. Leila Bordacosh, NY, USA
15. Claude Boucherot, Paris, France
16. Allison L. Brown, New York, NY, USA
17. Ely Bulkin, Montclair, NJ, USA
18. Madeleine Bullock, Canberra, Australia
19. Paola Canarutto, Italy
20. Kathleen Christison, Santa Fe, NM, USA
21. Ruth Clark, Edinburgh, Scotland
22. Pauline Coffman, Oak Park, IL, USA
23. Marisa Consolata Kemper, Cairo, Egypt
24. Ron and Maria De Stefano, New Jersey, USA
25. Afifa Dirani, Beirut, Lebanon
26. Rania Elias, Jerusalem, Palestine
27. Hedy Epstein, St. Louis, MO, USA
28. Simone Fattal, Paris, France
29. Lily Farhoud, Menton, France
30. Eileen Fleming, New York, NY, USA
31. Genevieve Cora Fraser, Massachusetts USA
32. Marcey Gayer, New York, USA
33. Emmaia Gelman, Bronx, New York, USA
34. Felice Gelman, Tarrytown, NY, USA
35. Irene Gendzier, Boston, USA
36. Mirene Ghossein, New Rochelle, NY, USA
37. Neta Golan, Ramallah, Palestine
38. Susan Goldstein, Toronto, Canada
39. Sherry Gorelick, NY, USA
40. Suzy Habashi, NY, USA
41. Eman Hamad, Clifton, NJ, USA (originally from Lifta, Palestine)
42. Lubna Hamad, New York, NY, USA
43. Jawaher Hammad, Auja, Palestine
44. Rusayla Hammad, Auja, Palestine
45. Enas Hammad, CA, USA
46. Touran Hamidi, Westbury New York, USA
47. Yasim Hamidi, Westbury, New York, USA
48. Louis de Hautefeuille, Paris, France
49. Jacqueline Hazzi, NY, USA
50. Jenny Heinz, New York, NY, USA
51. Maryse Helal, Cairo, Egypt
52. Jeannette Herzberg, Raanana, Israel
53. Majida Hilmi, NY, USA
54. Suzanne Hoyt, NY, USA
55. Houda El-Hourra, NY, USA
56. Katherine-Hughes-Fraitekh, Albequerque, New Mexico, USA
57. Virginia Ivarra, Washington, USA
58. Nada Khader, Chappaqua, NY, USA
59. May Khalil, Clifton, NJ, USA (originally from Lifta, Palestine)
60. Rebekah Levin, Chicago, IL, USA
61. Therese Liebmann, Brussels, Belgium
62. A.Loikow, Washington, DC, USA
63. Aleksandra Martinovic, Varazdin, Croatia
64. May Makki, NY, USA
65. Laurel Marx, NY, USA
66. Susan Masters, NY, USA
67. Eileen Measey, Leamington Spa, England
68. Hilda Meers, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
69. Jeannine Melly, NY, USA
70. Gail Miller, Woodstock, NY, USA
71. Dorinda Moreno, Central Coast, CA, USA
72. Susanne Moses, Tel Aviv, Israel
73. Elana Nachman, Oakland, CA, USA
74. Dorothy Naor, Herzliah, Israel
75. Denise Nassar, NY, USA
76. Inaam Nassar, Austin, Texas, USA
77. Hiam Nassar, Austin, Texas, USA
78. Rouba Nassar, Austin, Texas, USA
79. Ibtissam Nassar, Queens, NY, USA
80. Arwa Nasser, Weschester, NY, USA
81. Marlene Newesri, New York, NY, USA
82. Josiane Olff-Nathan, Strasbourg, France
83. Fatima Otifat, Ramallah, Palestine
84. Nujood Otifat, Auja, Palestine
85. Tharwa Otifat, Ramallah, Palestine
86. Odile Pascalides, Paris, France
87. Tamar Pelleg-Sryck, Tel Aviv, Israel
88. Ann Petter, New York, NY, USA
89. Gillian Potter, Cairo Egypt
90. Lysander Puccio, New York, NY, US
91. Cherryl Qamar, Woodstock, NY, USA
92. Yvette Raby, NY, USA
93. Michelle Raccagni, NY, USA
94. Susan Ravitz, Easton, PA, USA
95. Miriam M. Reik, New York, NY, USA
96. Joanne Robinson, Yonkers, NY, USA
97. Roberta Robinson, NY, USA
98. Julia Barnett Toronto, Canada
99. Constancia Dinky Romilly, New York, NY, USA
100. Suzanne Ross, New York, NY, USA
101. Claude-Marie Safar, Paris, France
102. Mariam Said, NY, USA
103. Nidal Said, NY, USA,
104. Sumayyah Samaha, NY, USA
105. Annmarie Sauer, Antwerp, Belgium
106. Doreen Shapiro, Brooklyn, NY, USA
107. Lee Sharkey, Farmington, Maine, USA
108. Ann Shirazi, New York, NY, USA
109. Karam Shuman, Chicago, USA
110. Nayla Sleiman, Cal, USA
111. Eustacia Smith, Bronx, NY, USA
112. Kathy Sommers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
113. Alexis Stern, New York, NY, USA
114. Diana Takieddine, Washington, USA
115. Janet Thebaud Gillmar, Honolulu, Hawaii
116. Leila Tourny, Beirut, Lebanon
117. Zeina Toutounji-Gauvard,Paris, France
118. Nicole Trad, Paris, France
119. Carol Weinshenker, New York, NY, USA
120. Rev. Gretchen Winkler, Chicago, IL, USA
121. Dorothy Zellner, New York NY, USA

Video: New York Mothers explain their boycott of Leviev:


And more information on the Mother's Day boycott:
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