We, the people of Jayyous in occupied Palestine, denounce the Israeli businessman Mr. Lev Leviev and his criminal and colonial destruction of our lands and livelihoods.



***image2***Leviev's money and investments are destroying the olive groves that have sustained our village for centuries. Many of our families are barred by the occupation forces from working our own lands that have been stolen by the Apartheid Wall for the "Zufim" settlement. Mr. Leviev has heavily invested in this settlement and as such is funding the continuing dispossession of our people in Jayyous.



We hear that the government of the United Arab Emirates has stopped Mr. Leviev from opening his diamond stores in Dubai Emirate. We ask the government and the people of Dubai to prevent the sale to customers in Dubai of "Leviev's rocks of apartheid", which will be used by Mr. Leviev to build more settlements on Palestinian lands.



Our village was established in Roman times. In 1948, the "Ra'anana" settlement was built on part of our land. Later on, Lev Leviev built the Zufim settlement on the land that remained. Using the Wall, Occupation forces have isolated some 70% of our farmland and six out of our seven artesian wells. They have uprooted over 6,000 olive trees. 85% of our people were farmers working in their fields or tending cattle. Our village was established in Roman times. In 1948, the “Ra’anana” settlement was built on part of our land. Later on, Lev Leviev built the Zufim settlement on the land that remained. Using the Wall, Occupation forces have isolated some 75% of our remaining land and six out of our seven artesian wells. They have uprooted over 6,000 olive trees. The construction of infrastructure for a new settlement on our lands called "North Zufim" has begun. Construction of an electricity network has started and the creation of housing units is imminent.



85% of our people were farmers working in their fields or tending cattle. Today only 45 out of 3800 people can reach their lands and provide for the livelihoods of their families. Out of the 8,050 people from Jayyous, 3,250 already live abroad. Those of us who have stayed must struggle daily to defend our lands and rights.





The students of the village have been seriously affected. We lose days and days of school days due to invasions and closures of the schools by the occupation forces. Many teachers are barred from getting to work. Many of our youth cannot afford to go to universities, because their families can no longer work on their farms and have been forced into poverty.



We know that what we are going through is repeated daily everywhere in Palestine. This year, while Palestinians are relegated to 13% of their historic lands, hundreds of new settlement units have been constructed. The Wall continues to destroy people's lives while an elaborate system of apartheid roads, checkpoints and settlements closes us into walled-in ghettos. Gaza is under complete siege and continuous military attacks. Inside the Green Line, entire Bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev) are slated for destruction. Approximately 13,000 Palestinian houses are currently under orders for demolition and 29,000 are in court fighting the threat of demolition to make space for Jewish colonization. Access to education and jobs discriminates clearly against the Palestinian indigenous population. Walls to "separate" Palestinian quarters and towns from Jewish ones have been built with state support in different areas.



All our dreams for the future are bound upon the end of the occupation of our lands. We struggle so that one-day all Palestinians can return back to their homelands and live in justice, freedom and equality.



You can make a difference now. Make it clear to Israel and it's supporters that you will not deal with bloodstained diamonds. Every Leviev diamond bought in Dubai pays for our oppression and dispossession.



Give our proud village the chance to continue the resistance and grow again -- boycott Mr. Lev Leviev, in Dubai and all over the world.







Signed by:



Students from Jayyous

Jayyous Municipality

Charity Center Jayyous – www.jayyousonline.org




























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