In ‘The Death of the Kimberley Process‘, a post for Ethical Weddings late last year, David Rhode wrote about the certification for conflict diamonds that seemed fundamentally flawed.
…rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments.
This means that diamonds crafted and polished in war-torn regions do not count.
One of the countries that benefits the most from this loophole is Israel. The Boycott Israeli Diamonds campaign got in touch to ask us to share the issues with our readers. Researcher for the campaign, Seán Clinton says:
Every year, consumers the world over unwittingly spend billions of dollars on diamonds crafted in Israel, thereby helping to fund one of the world’s most protracted and contentious conflicts. Most people are unaware that Israel is one of the world’s leading producers of cut and polished diamonds.
There is currently no way of knowing whether the diamond in the engagement ring you’re admiring in your local jeweller’s window was cut and polished in Israel.
This is why the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is calling for the introduction of a hallmark system for all diamonds which will inform consumers where they were manufactured, giving them the right to choose Israel-free diamonds.
Sign the petition
Urge the Kimberley Process to include all diamonds that fund human rights violations in their definition of conflict diamonds.
Background to Israeli diamonds