(TheJC) 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, just as the fast began.
The manager of the store, which stocks luxury skincare products and fragrances which 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 – inside the store. They brought out cardboard boxes and tried to put our stuff in the boxes and walk out with our products.
“They had around five cardboard boxes. Everything happened in a minute – I looked inside one of the boxes and could not believe that they had put 14 body scrubs in one box so quickly.”
She continued: “It was stressful. But with the police there, they were never going to physically push us or anything. But my concern is, what would have happened if the police were not there?”
She said that the police knew the anti-Israel protest was due to take place in advance.
“The two police officers took the protesters out of the shop – and then more police officers were called in,” she continued.
“The protestors did not manage to take the products out of the shop, because the officers took the boxes away from them. 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 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.”
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