Children of the Samuni family, who survived the Israeli army’s deadly attack on the Gaza Strip between December 2008 and January 2009
A family, whose twenty-nine members were killed during the Israeli regime’s 22-day war on Gaza Strip, has issued an appeal to the British Queen to remove the Steinmetz Jubilee diamond from the Tower of London due to the company’s support and funding of the onslaught.
The Samuni family has called on the De-Beers company, which has put the diamond on display to mark the British Queen’s 60th years on the throne, to show respect for the surviving victims of the diamond funded Givati Brigade’s war in Gaza.
The family also said that diamonds that generate revenue used to fund the regime guilty of committing war crimes are de-facto “blood diamonds”.
The Israeli army’s deadly attack on Gaza during the December 2008-January 2009, which was denounced by the United Nations as "one of the gravest" of the offensives of the war, claimed the lives of 29 members of the Samuni family, who lived in Gaza City's Zaitun neighborhood.
“On behalf of the surviving members of the Sammoni family and the hundreds of other families in Gaza who have been killed by war crimes committed by the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Army, we are shocked and disappointed by the decision of De Beers to present the Queen of England with a diamond manufactured by the Steinmetz Diamond company - a company which supported the Givati Brigade during the Israeli war on Gaza late 2008 as they murdered 29 members of our family in cold blood,” said Helmi Samuni, speaking on behalf of the family, in an appeal posted to YouTube.
“We the Samuni family call on the Queen of England and the British people to decline this gift. We demand that De Beers be instructed to remove this offensive blood diamond display immediately.”
The 35.60-carat pink diamond, crafted by Steinmetz Diamonds, went up on display at the Tower of London from June 1st, 2012, marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.