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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ahava forced to move out of swanky London neighborhood

Pro-'Palestinian' thugs have forced the Ahava cosmetics store to move out of London's swanky Covent Garden neighborhood.
The owner of the shop, currently in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, is looking for other sites after owners of neighbouring stores complained to the landlord following protests.

Supporters claim it has been "chased out" of its location by regular "noisy and intimidating" demonstrations.

A spokeswoman for Shaftesbury PLC, which owns the property as well as several others in the Seven Dials area, said: "When Ahava's lease expires in September, we will not offer them a new one."

Pro-Palestinian protesters have been demonstrating fortnightly outside the shop, which opened in April 2007, for more than two years. A counter group of pro-Israeli supporters also demonstrate outside.

Police were drafted in to control the protests and set up a meeting last October between the protesters and other shop managers.

Last week, four demonstrators stood trial for aggravated trespass after they chained themselves to a concrete block inside the store last year.

Colin George, manager of clothes shop The Loft, next door to Ahava, said: "I'm pleased Ahava is leaving. It's brought the street down. I've complained to the landlords, as has everyone here. Everyone would like them to leave. I wish they had left two years ago.

"Protesters are just going to follow them around, wherever they go. Maybe they should be an online business instead."


Richard Millett, who attends the counter-demonstrations, said: "Maybe the neighbours could have had a more positive role and spoken to the protesters, rather than take it out on Ahava.

"It's sad that this country will allow a lawfully trading shop to be chased out because of the politics of people who disagree with Israel's basic existence."
Isn't it great how commerce is free in Britain? What could go wrong?

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At 10:14 PM, Blogger Gaia said...

I found a video that wanted to share:

Bed Bath & Beyond: Stop Selling Settlement Products SodaStream and Ahava!


Gaia http://israelitkan.ning.com/profiles/blogs/fools-of-the-day-stop-selling

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I and some others used to join Jonathan Hoffman at the counterdemos at Ahava.We had big Israeli flags and placards. There were two occasions when the vile nazis got into the shop and chained themselves to the furniture.The people were cut free and arrested and taken to court.
But the woman who owned the shop NEVER turned up to court! We tried to contact her to say we would accompany her to the court and support her with our presence: nothing. No reply, ever. People spent a lot of money supporting Ahava on these demos, going in to buy stuff and coming out with bags full of products. A bar of soap was £7. We were treated with distain by the people working in the shop. In the end, most of us, after about 6 months of this, did not return.
We were mainly annoyed with the owner. She cannot complain because she had our full support, we were prepared to lobby the council, police and all the shops. And she did not care.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

This is a video showing a demo we attended. There were so many kapo Jews there: the short guy who spoke into the microphone and the girl who sang faux opera.One of the arab girls was also present when the "students" smashed up Conservative party headquarters.

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