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Statement from the Ahava 4

May 4, 2011
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On 2 October 2010 and 22 November 2010 a total of four activists locked themselves to blocks of concrete inside Ahava, a cosm

On 2 October 2010 and 22 November 2010 a total of four activists locked themselves to blocks of concrete inside Ahava, a cosmetics store selling products from Mitzpe Shalem - an illegal Israeli settlement on occupied Palestinian land, successfully closing the shop for several hours. After being cut free, the activists were arrested for aggravated trespass.

At a three day hearing, between 21 – 23 March 2011, evidence was heard at Stratford Magistrates Court in London.

One month later on 21 April 2011, a verdict was announced by District Judge Ian Baker at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court. The four activists were convicted, received a conditional discharge and were ordered to pay costs of £250.00 each.

What follows is a statement released by the activists after the verdict was announced:

Statement from the Ahava 4

London, 21 April 2011

Although these proceedings have resulted in our convictions, no one should be in any doubt about the real criminality in this case. During the three-day hearing, we demonstrated that Ahava cosmetics are manufactured on stolen Palestinian land. Ahava’s trade is not only immoral, it is illegal. We believe that our action was lawful and justified.

Today’s judgement illustrates the complicity of the authorities in allowing companies to profit from the occupation. Throughout the trial, neither the Judge nor the prosecution challenged the assertion that the settlements are illegal in international law. Irrespective of today’s judgement, campaigners believe that they are still the victors.

As a result of the collective efforts of activists, Ahava’s flagship Covent Garden store will close this September. This demonstrates the efficacy of grassroots action in creating real and tangible change.

We call for mass participation in the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, building a movement that can directly challenge Israeli apartheid and occupation.

End of statement.

Original article can be found here: http://londonbds.org/2011/04/21/statement-from-the-ahava-4/

May 4, 2011
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