Ahava Essential Dead Sea Treatments occupied for Gaza protest
Coinciding with the national demonstration marching to the Israeli embassy in London on Saturday 9th January, and a worldwide call for a boycott of Israeli products and businesses, activists staged a protest by locking themselves inside the Ahava shop on Monmouth St in London's Covent Garden area.
Demo forces Israeli-owned shop to close
Published Date: 10 January 2009
An Israeli-owned cosmetics shop in central London has been forced to shut after activists locked themselves to the door in protest at the suffering of civilians in Gaza.
Staff at Ahava, in Covent Garden, closed the salon's doors to customers at around 11am on Saturday when three activists took over the store by attaching themselves to each other and to the inside of the door.
A group of 12 other pro-Palestine supporters stood outside the premises in Monmouth Street with banners and leaflets.
Joe Lee, spokesman for the activists, said it was an independent, "peaceful" protest against the Israeli government and Ahava's own activities.
Ahava, which is based in Israel but has "boutiques" in London, Berlin and Singapore, produces Dead Sea mineral-based skin products.
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