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Objects of Desire

Israeli diamonds are forever … on your conscience.

In recent years the romantic image of diamonds as objects of desire has been tarnished by bloody conflicts in central Africa that are often funded by the trade of locally mined gems. Human rights organizations have begun a campaign against “conflict diamonds,” or “blood diamonds,” and the ensuing global attention has forced the diamond industry to take action against the trade. The Kimberley Process, introduced in a 2003 UN resolution, is a certification scheme designed to prevent rough diamonds used to fund conflict from entering the market. But the process operates with a very narrow definition of conflict diamonds. Cut and polished diamonds, regardless of what bloody conflicts they may fund, do not qualify for regulation under the Kimberley Process. Israel’s blood diamonds, therefore, are kosher.

Israel is the world’s largest producer of cut and polished diamonds. In 2006 diamond exports worth $16.7 billion accounted for a significant portion of the country’s total manufacturing exports. (The importance of the diamond industry to the Israeli economy can best be appreciated when one considers that the budget of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in 2008 was $13 billion.) Because cut and polished diamonds are not regulated by the Kimberley Process, jewelers continue to sell Israeli diamonds to consumers who are, for the most part, completely unaware that the gems were crafted in Israel – where taxes from the diamond industry are used to fund the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal subjugation of the Palestinian people.

Despite the fact that Israeli diamonds are feeding Israel’s war machine, the Kimberley Process has yet to broaden its definition of conflict diamonds. Furthermore, the international campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine (BDS) has failed to speak out against this major revenue source. Efforts have been made in Ireland to raise public awareness through the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), which has called on the Kimberley Process to expand its definition of conflict diamonds. The IPSC has lobbied the diamond industry to laser-inscribe all gems with their country of origin, which will allow consumers to choose diamonds from countries that respect human rights.

Because the international community – Western governments in particular – has long failed to protect innocent Palestinian civilians from constant attacks by the Israeli military, it’s imperative that the concerned citizens of the world take action in defense of Palestinians’ human rights. Rejecting Israeli blood diamonds is the most effective means of sanction available to civil society. Diamond exports significantly outperform all other Israeli export commodities, making the gleaming rock Israel’s Achilles heel. The country’s overdependence on a single luxury commodity leaves its economy vulnerable to trends and public taste. And unlike other Israeli exports – technology, software and armaments – diamonds are purchased by individual consumers, not companies or governments. When buying a diamond, each individual consumer has the power to withhold the money that powers the Israeli war machine. By choosing a stone that is truly conflict free, consumers will diminish funding for Israeli crimes against humanity – in Palestine and beyond. Israeli diamonds are forever … on your conscience.

–Sean Clinton

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RIPIsr**l

Shall we predict what the Jewish Establishments response to such ugly facts will be? Why not.
First we'll undoubtedly see some hit piece or another published in one of the major Jewish Establishment's mouth pieces (New York Times, L.A Times, Haaretz, etc.) This will likely be directed at the "dangerous", "wanton", "terrorists" who were democratically elected in Palestine. Alternately it will be directed at the "ineffectual" BDS campaign that, against all efforts, grows stronger every day. Naturally these countermeasures are intended to obfuscate the real blistering news story story that seeps from under the bloody carpet: the genocidal war-crime that is the very invention of Israel and it's necessary and irreversible implosion as we speak.
By design these boilerplate Zionists psy-ops are always accompanied by some sort of hackneyed "personal interest" sympathy card dragged out and beaten like a dead horse for mileage. Look for some WWII rehashing. Some ancient Nazi story that can be reheated for the 100th time and served up to a brain-dead western appetite. Alternately we'll be force fed some muadlin crap about the documented liar Eli Weisel or any of the other Israeli War-Crime poster-boys. Some utterly empty award jury rigged by Zionist apologists and card carrying Orthodox Jews clinging to their "chosen" myths like dutiful crewmen aboard the Titanic and she slips under the ice.
Then what? By design this usually precipitates committing some more high profile war crimes against Palestinians under the utterly debunked pretext of "self-defense". The Major Jewish news organizations (CNN, FOX, etc) will run repetitive "coverage" of alleged Palestinian "rocket attacks". Unsubstantiated "news footage" will be taken and aired at face value with zero vetting. This "footage" will likely be shot from the cameras of the Israeli military themselves and gifted to western media. There will be zero ability to verify the accuracy of the reporting from multiple, unbiased sources.
This will usually be followed by another pile-of-shit Judd Aptow movie with thinly veiled Judeo-supremacist references sprinkled throughout and even more thinly veiled anti-Semitic/racism directed toward Arabs. These movies are intended to provide comic relief from the "trauma" of thinking for even one second about how many childrens heart blood is on the hands of every single Jewish person in this world who supports in even a minuscule degree the sick experiment that is "Israel." The "news" of these painfully weak movies will be placed higher than the stories of innocent Palestinians being ethnically cleansed by the very same Aptows, Emanuels, and Weisles.
Repeat.
And there you have it. The cycle of Jewish War Crime and information monopolization.

RIPIsr**l

Shall we predict what the Jewish Establishments response to such ugly facts will be? Why not.
First we'll undoubtedly see some hit piece or another published in one of the major Jewish Establishment's mouth pieces (New York Times, L.A Times, Haaretz, etc.) This will likely be directed at the "dangerous", "wanton", "terrorists" who were democratically elected in Palestine. Alternately it will be directed at the "ineffectual" BDS campaign that, against all efforts, grows stronger every day. Naturally these countermeasures are intended to obfuscate the real blistering news story story that seeps from under the bloody carpet: the genocidal war-crime that is the very invention of Israel and it's necessary and irreversible implosion as we speak.
By design these boilerplate Zionists psy-ops are always accompanied by some sort of hackneyed "personal interest" sympathy card dragged out and beaten like a dead horse for mileage. Look for some WWII rehashing. Some ancient Nazi story that can be reheated for the 100th time and served up to a brain-dead western appetite. Alternately we'll be force fed some muadlin crap about the documented liar Eli Weisel or any of the other Israeli War-Crime poster-boys. Some utterly empty award jury rigged by Zionist apologists and card carrying Orthodox Jews clinging to their "chosen" myths like dutiful crewmen aboard the Titanic and she slips under the ice.
Then what? By design this usually precipitates committing some more high profile war crimes against Palestinians under the utterly debunked pretext of "self-defense". The Major Jewish news organizations (CNN, FOX, etc) will run repetitive "coverage" of alleged Palestinian "rocket attacks". Unsubstantiated "news footage" will be taken and aired at face value with zero vetting. This "footage" will likely be shot from the cameras of the Israeli military themselves and gifted to western media. There will be zero ability to verify the accuracy of the reporting from multiple, unbiased sources.
This will usually be followed by another pile-of-shit Judd Aptow movie with thinly veiled Judeo-supremacist references sprinkled throughout and even more thinly veiled anti-Semitic/racism directed toward Arabs. These movies are intended to provide comic relief from the "trauma" of thinking for even one second about how many childrens heart blood is on the hands of every single Jewish person in this world who supports in even a minuscule degree the sick experiment that is "Israel." The "news" of these painfully weak movies will be placed higher than the stories of innocent Palestinians being ethnically cleansed by the very same Aptows, Emanuels, and Weisles.
Repeat.
And there you have it. The cycle of Jewish War Crime and information monopolization.

ken vallario

criticizing Israel's war policies is one thing, making a case against a peoples' history is another, and although one cannot point out one detail in your comment that is not somehow backed up by some source, it nonetheless feels like hatred, and all of us are living in countries run by corrupt militaries, whose crimes are heinous.

although i agree that Israel's response was excessive, I question the degree to which you take that and apply it to many aspects of the Israeli people. such pointed ethnic attacks only fuel the paranoia that is to blame for such militancy. sophisticated and nuanced criticism is the only hope we have of liberating ourselves from the ubiquitous forms of brutality that hang over every people in every country.

ken vallario

criticizing Israel's war policies is one thing, making a case against a peoples' history is another, and although one cannot point out one detail in your comment that is not somehow backed up by some source, it nonetheless feels like hatred, and all of us are living in countries run by corrupt militaries, whose crimes are heinous.

although i agree that Israel's response was excessive, I question the degree to which you take that and apply it to many aspects of the Israeli people. such pointed ethnic attacks only fuel the paranoia that is to blame for such militancy. sophisticated and nuanced criticism is the only hope we have of liberating ourselves from the ubiquitous forms of brutality that hang over every people in every country.

Khazaria

Uh-huh. I'd like to know who you mean by "the Israeli people"? You mean the white folks from Europe who decided they'd like to have the country of Palestine for their own? Or perhaps the white people from America who decided that they needed a third and fourth home to vacation in and be surrounded by more white people who practice a certain exclusionary ideology? Or could you mean the white people from Russia who are shipped in at the expense of the American Tax Payer to occupy more of Palestine and convince the world that all these white people actually have a country and are a "people."
Just cause something "feels like hatred" young Jedi doesn't actually make it hatred. You feel like a fella who is a bit naive and likely a simpleton when it comes to deciphering the insidious effects of modern Zionism. BUT we can't be too sure cause it's really just a "feeling." Man.
Now then, lets get you up to speed on this whole issue. Start by cracking open your run of the mill Noam Chomsky Book. Fateful Triangle will do in this instance. Breathe. It's a lot. To have your entire world view shredded by one book. To realize that you've been lied to over and over and over again by the "jewish people" you so automatically and hypnotically defend without any real factual basis for such unwarranted defense of the indefensible.
Next take a peek at The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finklestien. Bold. Shocking. Sick. Sad. And yet,painfully, true. All of it.
Slowly you will begin to "feel" a new understanding emerging in your unfettered mind. Slowly you will begin to distinguish between "hatred" and due criticism, deconstruction and the measures of information needed for justice to be finally served - the heinous cancer that is Israel finally ventilated and recycled into the body politic of this world too long encumbered of such illness.
Read young man. Read....
And ye shall be liberated.

Khazaria

Uh-huh. I'd like to know who you mean by "the Israeli people"? You mean the white folks from Europe who decided they'd like to have the country of Palestine for their own? Or perhaps the white people from America who decided that they needed a third and fourth home to vacation in and be surrounded by more white people who practice a certain exclusionary ideology? Or could you mean the white people from Russia who are shipped in at the expense of the American Tax Payer to occupy more of Palestine and convince the world that all these white people actually have a country and are a "people."
Just cause something "feels like hatred" young Jedi doesn't actually make it hatred. You feel like a fella who is a bit naive and likely a simpleton when it comes to deciphering the insidious effects of modern Zionism. BUT we can't be too sure cause it's really just a "feeling." Man.
Now then, lets get you up to speed on this whole issue. Start by cracking open your run of the mill Noam Chomsky Book. Fateful Triangle will do in this instance. Breathe. It's a lot. To have your entire world view shredded by one book. To realize that you've been lied to over and over and over again by the "jewish people" you so automatically and hypnotically defend without any real factual basis for such unwarranted defense of the indefensible.
Next take a peek at The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finklestien. Bold. Shocking. Sick. Sad. And yet,painfully, true. All of it.
Slowly you will begin to "feel" a new understanding emerging in your unfettered mind. Slowly you will begin to distinguish between "hatred" and due criticism, deconstruction and the measures of information needed for justice to be finally served - the heinous cancer that is Israel finally ventilated and recycled into the body politic of this world too long encumbered of such illness.
Read young man. Read....
And ye shall be liberated.

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