BDS protesters shut down store selling Israeli cosmetics
Protesters for justice for Palestine disrupted business at Kedem, a store selling Israeli cosmetic products, in Manchester this week.
The Manchester Kedem store has been subject to protests in recent days because it is an exclusive outlet for beauty products made in Israel and sourced from the Dead Sea.
The protests are part of the larger campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel taking place worldwide.
The Kedem protests have been running daily since 12 July. Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in Manchester, the daily protest consists of 15-20 people, rising to over hundred at the weekend. The protests are non-violent and have so far passed peacefully. However, tensions have risen due to the presence of pro-Israeli demonstrators.
In the past 23 days more than 1,240 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Gaza, whilst 53 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have also died. Vital infrastructure has also been damaged or destroyed in this latest Israeli campaign, with attacks on hospitals, UN schools and Gaza's only functioning power station.
Mohamed Ghalayini, a Gazan in Manchester said "the support Israel receives from trade and economic activities has a direct relation to Israel’s war crimes on my people. We shall continue to picket this store as a means of protesting Israel’s attacks on civilians and violations of international humanitarian law."
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