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Sunday, October 03, 2010

London Ahava store shut down

The London branch of the Ahava cosmetics store was shut down for three and a half hours on Saturday by 'activists' from the ISM.

Keep in mind that this is only one side of the story.
The central London branch of Israeli settlement company Ahava was occupied by Pro-Palestine activists from 11.30am until 3pm today, shutting the shop for business for entire time. Two activists managed to bring a concrete slab with tubing going through the middle into the shop and lock their arms together inside it, thus blockading the shop. The shop assistant attempted to remove them from the shop but gave up when she realised they had locked their arms inside.

The police arrived on the scene after 15 minutes and moved supporters carrying a banner outside the shop, where they proceeded to engage with a generally supportive public about the Palestinian issue and the nature of Ahava’s business.

Instead of waiting for the trained lock on cutting team, at 2pm the police began to dismantle the lock on themselves with a hammer, risking injury to the activists whose arms were locked inside. Luckily no one was hurt and by 2.30pm they had removed the activists from the lock on and arrested them activists for aggravated trespass; committing trespass with the intent to stop a lawful activity. The aggravated trespass charge will of course be challenged by asserting that Ahava’s business is not lawful and so no lawful activity was halted.

When action supporters left the scene at 3pm the store was still closed, brining the total closure time to at least 3.5 hours, over half of the trading time on the day on which Ahava generally receives the most business, Saturday.
It's a pity that the 'activists' didn't suffer the consequences of their actions, but maybe Ahava needs to reconsider being open on Saturdays when there are less likely to be counter-demonstrators to protect them.

8 Comments:

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

are you sure this is today? the next ahava demo is next Saturday 9th Oct. they are every 2 weeks. I think this is the original post:

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/36704/charges-dropped-ahava-anti-israel-activists

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

More videos re Ahava!

http://richardmillett.wordpress.com/tag/ahava/

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

PS the guy standing on right is an American "Jew", part of "Jews for Palestine".

Stolen beauty was started up by code pink and I wonder if they are still supporting this nasty bunch!

http://www.stolenbeauty.org/

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave the UK, fellow Jews. Let them wallow in a different type of mud.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Shy Guy and Carl - this was a punishment from Hashem!

A Jewish business that desecrates Shabbat deserves what it gets.

Here's a message: obey G-d and His laws and He will keep your enemies from your midst!

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Israel Muse said...

This is from ISM directly - http://www.ism-london.org.uk/2392

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman, I have a feeling this would have happened any other day of the week to the same store, had it been closed on Shabbat.

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

I'm with you NormF, The feeling of support I have for the store dropped when I heard what day this was happening on.

 

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