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Written by Khalid Amayreh on 21. April 2008, 1159hrs // Part of Khalid Amayreh's adventure in Arab, Israel, Palestine, UAE // Other posts by Khalid Amayreh

The government of Dubai recently allowed a major bankroller of Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank to open at least two Jewelry stores in the Gulf emirate.

According to reliable sources in the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a key member-state, Israeli billionaire and diamond magnate Lev Leviev is preparing to open two large jewelry stores in Dubai, a world's hub of Jewelry trading.

The first store will be opened soon at the Burj Dubai Mall (Dubai Mall Tower) while a second store is slated to be opened later this year in the new Atlantis Hotel on the Jumeirah Palm Island.
Leviev has already opened one store in Dubai in March, 2008, in the lobby of al-Qasr Hotel on Madinat Jumeirah.
The Dubai authorities were initially reluctant to grant the Israeli billionaire a license to do business in the oil-rich emirate. However, Leviev reportedly successfully lobbied "North American and European connections" to convince Dubai officials to reconsider their objections.

Leviev's companies, including Africa-Israel and Leader Management & Development as well as several other subsidiaries, have been quite active in displacing Palestinian villagers from their homes and land in several parts of the West Bank.

The two firms have built hundreds of settler units in at least five Jewish settlements constructed on land illegally seized from its Arab proprietors.

In recent years, a company called Leader belonging to Leviev built the settlement of Zufim on private Arab land seized from the village of Jayyous. Danya Cebus, a subsidiary of the Leviev-owned company Africa-Israel has built hundreds of settler units on land stolen from the village of Bilin. Numerous additional settler units were built in the two large settlements of Ma'ali Adomim, a few kilometers east of Jerusalem, and Har Homa, near the predominantly Christian Arab town of Beit Sahur.

Israel hopes that these settlements will cut off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, thus making the Palestinian dream of making the city the future capital of a prospective Palestinian state utterly unrealistic and outright impossible.

In addition to his intensive involvement in Jewish settlement expansion, including colonies defined by the inherently unjust Israeli justice system as "manifestly illegal," Leviev has donated undisclosed but reportedly large sums of money to the Land Redemption Fund, a land-grabbing organization affiliated with Gush Emunim, the ideological group behind Jewish settlement activities in the West Bank.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, the Land Redemption Fund uses fraud and strong-arm tactics to seize land from Palestinians for settlement expansion.

Last year the Israeli group, Peace Now, and other settlement-watch groups, discovered that hundreds of settler units built in the settlement of Matityahu in the Salfit region, in the central West Bank, were actually built on private Palestinian land seized at gun point from its legal and rightful Palestinian owners.
However, despite the discovery, the Israeli government refused to dismantle the illegal settler units, with one Israeli official saying that "this problem will be discussed with the Palestinian Authority in the context of final-status talks."

Leviev's companies are actually destroying the lives of thousands of Palestinians by narrowing their horizons and dispossessing them of their livelihoods.

Abdullah Abu Rahma from the village of Bilin and Sharif Omar from Jayyous told representative of the human rights group Adalah-NY (www.adalahny.org), which monitors Israeli theft Palestinian land, that "Leviev's companies are destroying the olive groves and farms that have sustained our villages for centuries."

"We call on people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied against apartheid South Africa."

The mayor of Jayyous, which suffered incalculable losses due to Leviev's destructive rampage in the northern West Bank, told this reporter that "Leveiv is indulging in ethnic cleansing against our community and our farmers."

"He is building settlements at our expense; he is destroying our land, our farms, and our orchards, and at the same time he is opening business in Dubai in order to finance his crimes against our people. Shame on Dubai and its government."

Some Jewish organizations opposed to the Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing and apartheid have also called on the countries of the world to boycott Israeli businesses and firms involved in dispossessing Palestinians of their land.
"We call on the government and people of the United Arab Emirates to join the growing international campaign to boycott Lev Leviev's companies due to their construction of Israeli colonial settlements," declared Daniel Lang-Levitsky of Jews Against the Occupation-NYC.

"A major Israeli violator of Palestinian rights and international law should not be opening jewelry stores in Dubai," said Issa Ayoub, a spokesperson for the Adalah-NY group. Adalah-NY organized eight boycott protests outside Leviev's new Madison Avenue Jewelry store in New York City over the last five months.

The Palestinian Authority has refused to comment on the Dubai government decision to allow the settler bankroller Leviev to open business ventures in the oil-rich emirate.

One Palestinian official contacted by telephone said "I don't know anything about this affair and I have not heard of Leviev."

A Hamas official in the Gaza Strip said "the Palestinian people were feeling embittered and betrayed by this scandalous behavior on the part of the Dubai government."

"We were hoping that Dubai would stand with us against the genocidal Israeli regime and its unrelenting efforts to ethnically cleanse our people from their ancestral homeland. We had never imagined that a day would come when we had to appeal to an Arab country to refrain from harming us and undermining our cause."
 

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I remember back the guys license was in question, I don't think he is allowed to open any stores. But If this guy isn't allowed in then why are Catepillar trucks allowed in? they also help build settlements in Palestine, and those Catepillar trucks are building infastructure in UAE.
 

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How sad that someone as rich as Leviev has to deal with an Arab tribe that won't recognize Israel's right to exist in the first place.
 

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Well that tribe has built a rich metropolis that everybody is talking about... So he's a businessman thinking like a businessman...

And the days of not recognizing Israel's right to exist are over (generally speaking)... That 'tribe' has offered, alongside other 'tribes', a peace proposal to Israel... Its not an issue of not recognizing its right to exist.. Its an issue of establishing a viable palestinian state, and giving back occuppied territories...

In return for all that, Normalization of relations, which is far beyond simply recognizing a 'right to exist'...

Cheers ;)
 

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Well that tribe has built a rich metropolis that everybody is talking about... So he's a businessman thinking like a businessman...

And the days of not recognizing Israel's right to exist are over (generally speaking)... That 'tribe' has offered, alongside other 'tribes', a peace proposal to Israel... Its not an issue of not recognizing its right to exist.. Its an issue of establishing a viable palestinian state, and giving back occuppied territories...

In return for all that, Normalization of relations, which is far beyond simply recognizing a 'right to exist'...

Cheers ;)
Realy B-Patriot?
the offer is to create three Palestinain states. One in W. Bank, one in Gaza and another one is in what is now Israel by settling the Palestinian refugees
there and not in the PA controlled areas. It doesn't matter how you wrap your propsals, in the end it's all the same thing. No Israel.

The beautiful metropolis you build is going to be Iraqi or Iranian because
the West will fight to defend your OIL but not to defend your Real Estate.
 

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Well that tribe has built a rich metropolis that everybody is talking about... So he's a businessman thinking like a businessman...

And the days of not recognizing Israel's right to exist are over (generally speaking)... That 'tribe' has offered, alongside other 'tribes', a peace proposal to Israel... Its not an issue of not recognizing its right to exist.. Its an issue of establishing a viable palestinian state, and giving back occuppied territories...

In return for all that, Normalization of relations, which is far beyond simply recognizing a 'right to exist'...

Cheers ;)
Yaaa well said!
 

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And the days of not recognizing Israel's right to exist are over (generally speaking)... That 'tribe' has offered, alongside other 'tribes', a peace proposal to Israel... Its not an issue of not recognizing its right to exist.. Its an issue of establishing a viable palestinian state, and giving back occuppied territories...

In return for all that, Normalization of relations, which is far beyond simply recognizing a 'right to exist'...
Excuse me, don't pull in the whole 'tribe', it was only a bunch of people, the rest of the 'tribe' and all the other 'tribes' seem to disagree, strongly.

You are right, it's not a matter of simply the 'right to exist for Israel'; there is also the 'right to exist' for the 'tribes'.
 

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^^ I have no idea what you're going on about, loll...

And whats Iraq and Iran got to do with anything, lol... Stop shoving Iran and Iraq in the middle of everything.. And shiites, lol.. Anyways, I said establishing a VIABLE palestinian state on purpose... Arabs did not decide to seperate Gaza and the West Bank... It was the UN i believe, their partition plan, which currently both sides accept some form of.. Palestinians don't want more than one state, nor do arabs.. They want one Viable state... So the discontinuity of Gaza and the WB will have to be dealt with somehow...

The 'third' state u talk about... Its related to the Right to Return... That requires some discussion/debate... It is not really realistic for Palestinians to return, therefore some sort of compensation should be thought of...

So it is mainly about the PA controlled areas, stop kidding yourself..

The world isn't black and white Alon... Stop beiing soo closeminded ;)

And we will have oil for AT LEAST another 100 years to come... And we've already established a block... The GCC... With a GCC defense shield... Its true its not strong enough still to defend against an Iranian invasion for instance... But you're beloved west will continue to 'protect' us for a long time to come... And when that time is over, i have no doubt the GCC will be more than able to protect itself... Not that i believe we need much protection...

We need to be careful when it comes to Iran... But i don't believe we really need to worry too much.. On the other hand, u might need to worry..
 

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Someone removed my previous post so that is the nature of your confusion.
If the Arabs want the refugees to return to PA controlled area then I'm all for it. I'm also for returning the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and the triangle area populated with Arabs (which is Israel proper) in return for the
Large settlemnet blocks and the Jordan vally. If the Arabs actually mean return to the PA terrirtories then all they have to do is actually say so.
I can see some compinsation for the Palestinians as long as there is compinsation for the 800,000 Jews who lost their propery after they were cleanesd from Arab states.

I wish the GCC nothing but success if they have to face Iran.
 

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I thought threads regarding this topic are not allowed and locked within the first couple posts :?

Also [email protected] Iran invading GCC... Making out Iran is Germany during the early 20th century out for continental hegemony.
 

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Iran hasn't invaded a country in god knows how many years, they are a very inwardly minded country and people not to mention the fact that even the Shia's in Iraq are a very independent bunch.

GCC being attacked by Iran is just absolutely hilarious.
 

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^^ nope, refugees should go to back to where they belong, which is what is now called Israel.
For the last time, the Jews didn't force them to leave, they did that on their own, and this is in history books all over the world on the issue.
 

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^^ nope, refugees should go to back to where they belong, which is what is now called Israel.
You don't have to tell me twice.
I know that Muslims can never allow a Jewish state (or a christian or anything non Islamic) near them. The good thing is that were right wingJews failed to educated their fellow Jews about the true intentions of the Arabs,
Arabs like you do the job successfuly and for this I thank you.

Now since refugeesshould be allowed to go back where they came from,
what is your opnion about Egypt refusing entry to old Egyptian Jews wanting to visit the places they lived in, before the Arabs ethnicly cleanesd them.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iRxtPXmc96AvMtubrZuOoKhNbekw
 

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^^ What r u talking about? It was actually the zionist who ethnic cleansed jews all over the arab world to support the immigration to Israel.
 
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