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Article

19 Jun 2008

Author:
Adalah-NY, The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East

UNICEF Rejects Support From Israeli Billionaire Known for Constructing Settlements on Palestinian Lands

A senior advisor to UNICEF’s Director said in a letter today that UNICEF will reject all partnerships with, or financial support from...Lev Leviev...Leviev’s past support for UNICEF is featured in a number of places on his company’s website...UNICEF’s rejection of Leviev’s support followed meetings with Adalah-NY, letters from organizations and Palestinian communities...and a visit by UNICEF officials to Jayyous, one of the Palestinian communities where a Leviev company is building Israeli settlements...Abdullah Abu Rahme, a community leader from the West Bank village of Bil’in, said, “We welcome UNICEF’s decision to hold one of the companies that has been building Mattityahu East settlement accountable for attempting to destroy our community...”