Anti-Is­rael­protester­star­getLon­don­cos­met­ic­s­store

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

AN IS­RAELI-OWNED cos­met­ics store in Lon­don was tar­geted by pro-Pales­tinian ac­tivists in a protest timed to co­in­cide with Yom Kip­pur.

Around 20 sup­port­ers of the Lon­don Palestine Ac­tion group en­tered the Sabon UK shop, in Covent Gar­den, on Tues­day evening last week, as the fast be­gan.

The man­ager of the store, which stocks lux­ury skin­care prod­ucts and fra­grances that con­tain min­er­als from the Dead Sea, said the pro­tes­tors ar­rived at around 6pm, put up anti-Is­rael leaflets and at­tempted to steal stock.

She said: “They came in and put signs up on the in­side of our win­dows. They

The protesters at the Sabon store brought out card­board boxes and tried to put our stuff in the boxes and walk out with our prod­ucts.”

She said the po­lice knew about the protest in ad­vance. “Two po­lice of­fi­cers took the protesters out of the shop and then more of­fi­cers were called in,” she said.

“The of­fi­cers took the boxes away from the protesters. By the end of the night, there were around 10 of­fi­cers at the door of the store.”

She said there was one cus­tomer and two other sales­women in the Neal Street shop when the pro­tes­tors first en­tered. The store man­ager said they locked the shop af­ter the pro­tes­tors were re­moved, so “the cus­tomer could feel more se­cure in­side. When she left, I opened the door again.”

In a tweet, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the an­tiIs­rael LPA group claimed: “Sabon prof­its from apartheid, so we shut it down.”

How­ever, the man­ager con­firmed that the shop stayed open un­til 8pm.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed that of­fi­cers were aware of the protest in ad­vance, and said “an ap­pro­pri­ate polic­ing plan was in place”. No ar­rests were made.

Sabon UK opened its first UK branch in Lon­don last Oc­to­ber. At the time, there were fears that it could at­tract hos­tile ac­tiv­ity from anti-Is­rael groups af­ter the clo­sure of fizzy-drinks store EcoStream in Brighton and the protests out­side Ke­dem in Manch­ester, both Is­raeli-owned busi­nesses.

LON­DON PALESTINE AC­TION/TWIT­TER

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