UNICEF shuns Leviev

Adalah-NY says the United Nations’ children fund is no longer taking money from Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev because of his role in building settlements in West Bank.

The group, which seemingly has been fixated on Leviev in recent months and apparently pushed UNICEF on the matter, has been circulating an email with a link to the following Reuters story about the UNICEF decision. The Reuters story says:

“UNICEF decided to review its relationship with Leviev after a campaign by Adalah-NY and found ‘at least a reasonable grounds for suspecting’ that Leviev companies were building settlements in occupied territory, a UNICEF official said.”

‘I can confirm that UNICEF has advised Adalah in New York that it will not be entering into any partnerships or accepting financial contributions from Lev Leviev or his corporate people,’ Chris de Bono, a senior adviser to the executive director of UNICEF, told Reuters.”

Islamonline.net reports that “Anti-settlement activists said the UNICEF’s decision was the first step to punish financers of the Israeli settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian lands.”

Adalah-NY was founded to combat Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians and Lebanese and calls for “an end to all policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing” by Israel.

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