Anti-Ahava Activists Convicted of Criminal Trespass
Four activists who chained themselves to concrete block inside the London branch of Israel cosmetics shop Ahava were illegally trespassing, a judge has ruled.
All four defendants, who have been conditionally discharged, argued the store was committing “war crimes” by selling products from an Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalem, in the West Bank. They plan to appeal the verdict.
But District Judge Ian Baker said at Highbury Magistrates’ Court that although he had “considerable hesitancy” in calling Ahava’s business legal, it had never been proved to be illegal in the UK.
He said: “Until such time as Ahava UK Ltd is prosecuted and defence arguments herein properly tested, I can do no more that accept it is trading lawfully.”