‘Israel is the third largest exporter of polished diamonds in the world. According to Israel’s trade ministry, these sales were worth $5.6 billion in 2012.
Malca-Amit started its accelerated delivery service over the past few months. It is one of several private security firms involved in the gem trade between Belgium and Israel. Around the corner from its Antwerp office, I noticed the unmistakable logo of G4S, a company that has become infamous for providing equipment to Israeli jails in the occupied West Bank.
When I phoned G4S’ office, I asked a man identifying himself as Rob if his firm undertook diamond deliveries between Tel Aviv and Antwerp. “Yeah, we do,” he replied. “Every day.”‘