The Ahava shop in London’s Monmouth Street was occupied today by two Palestine solidarity activists who attached themselves to a concrete-filled oil barrel at approx 10:45am. This was the fifth successful occupation of the UK Ahava shop to take place since January 2009. The last occupation was on 2 October which resulted in further negative publicity for the company, a loss of trade, as well as the arrest of two activists on the charge of aggravated trespass.
The latest occupation took place on the last day of The Russell Tribunal on Palestine and the day after a poorly attended weekend Ahava “buycott” event, supported by both the Zionist Federation and the “Jewish Division” of the English Defence League (EDL).
Ahava has long been a key target for activists in the wake of the call for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against companies and organisations, both profiting from and complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. All of the products in Ahava, apart from tweezers made in China, are manufactured in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, which like all of the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, is illegal under international law.
No Palestinian benefits or receives compensation from Ahava for their products made with stolen natural resources that are manufactured in the Ahava factory which was also built on stolen land in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.