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Lush has been furiously criticised after a ‘boycott Israel’ sign was put up in a shop window in the wake of Hamas terrorist attacks on the country.

The UK-based cosmetics retailer has long faced criticism for its controversial political gestures but the sign on a shop in Dublin provoked particular anger – with social media users calling it ‘disgusting’ and accusing the chain of ‘supporting terror’. 

It comes as horrific footage emerged of a woman apparently mocking the victims of Hamas attacks. The woman, who has a Palestine flag painted on her cheek, asks the man filming ‘Are your people dead? to which he replies ‘Yes’. 

Adopting a tone of mock sympathy, she says: ‘Awwww good. Good. Awwww are they dead? Awwww good.’ Footage of the sickening incident was by a Twitter user, who said it happened in London on Monday.   

Reports of antisemitic incidents in Britain since the weekend have tripled compared with the same period last year after Hamas terrorists first crossed into Israel on Saturday, according to the Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity. 

The number of people killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israel has risen above 1,200, officials said. That includes 260 revellers gunned down at a music festival, and whole families – including children’s and babies – who were massacred in a kibbutz

 Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed 900 Palestinians, according to the territory’s health ministry.

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A photo of the ‘Boycott Israel’ sign in a Lush store on Henry Street in Dublin was shared to social media yesterday afternoon

It comes as horrific footage emerged of a woman apparently mocking the victims of Hamas attacks

A photo of the ‘Boycott Israel’ sign in a Lush store on Henry Street in Dublin was shared to social media yesterday afternoon. 

The company, which has 951 stores in 52 countries and calls itself ‘the overly friendly cosmetics shop’ in its Twitter bio, is now facing a huge backlash, with some customers saying they’ll no longer shop there. 

It is unclear who took the photograph showing the ‘Boycott Israel’ poster circled, which appeared on Twitter yesterday afternoon, but it’s believed to have been snapped the weekend. 

Twitter user @benonwine posted the photograph, writing: ‘What the hell is this @Lushltd. This is disgusting can you please comment?’

A spokesman for Lush, which is based in Poole, Dorset and was founded by six entrepreneurs in 1995, told MailOnline today that it wished ‘peace and safety for all Israeli and Palestinian people’.

However, many have responded negatively to the poster and called for shoppers to stop buying its goods. 

Critics included the author Julie Bindle, who wrote: ‘Boycott Lush.’  

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘This is appalling especially for a store that’s not operating franchises, whatever your political views this sign should not be given the light of day in a shop window.’

Others, supporting Palestine in the conflict, posted comments agreeing with the sign. 

In a statement to MailOnline, Lush responded suggesting that the poster had been an isolated incident and clarified its stance, saying: ‘We are a diverse company with staff of all ethnicities and religions whose personal views and opinions may vary, however, the following is our Company position.

‘Lush deplores all violence and all injustice. Our wish is for peace and safety for all Israeli and Palestinian people. We support the upholding of international law and the human rights of all peoples.’

Cosmetics giant Lush is no stranger to controversy. In July, large bonuses were handed to its directors, including 71-year old CEO Mark Constantine who helped co-found the business in May 1995, and his wife Mo.

Awards were also dished out to six top bosses, despite the firm’s poor performance for the year ending June 30, 2022.

Critics included the author Julie Bindle, who wrote: ‘Boycott Lush’

The windfalls also came despite Lush receiving £5.1million in government support, including a reduction in business rates and furlough for staff during the pandemic.

The month before, the brand was accused of encouraging human traffickers after unveiling an ‘all refugees welcome’ poster featuring a small boat.

The poster, produced in partnership with Refugee Action, read ‘wherever you’re from, however you got here, all refugees are welcome’ – despite ministers making it illegal to come to Britain in a small boat to claim asylum.

All of the chain’s 103 UK stores promoted the poster campaign, which saw a limited edition bath bomb released with ‘welcome’ embossed on the side.

Proceeds went to Refugee Action, which has been battling the Government’s Rwanda policy and helped ground last June’s deportation flight.

In 2018, the store was forced to drop a campaign about the so-called ‘spy cops’ scandal after critics said it amounted to an attack on the police.

Lush was supporting the Police Spies Out of Lives campaign for women who were duped into relationships by undercover officers who infiltrated anti-capitalist and green protest groups over a 40-year period.

In the window displays of Lush’s 105 outlets, a split-face image of a police officer in uniform and undercover appeared under the headline ‘Paid to Lie’. Mock crime scene police tape also carried the phrase ‘Police have crossed the line’. 

Similar materials promoted the campaign on the Lush website.

Lush said at the time that it hoped to bring attention to the issue of women being tricked into sexual relationships by undercover officers. But the chain eventually took the posters down.

The company released a statement saying it wanted ‘peace and safety for all Israeli and Palestinian people’

In June, the cosmetics chain was criticised over a campaign featuring an image of a craft similar to the ones used by cross-Channel people smugglers. Previous controversial campaigns have included supporting the Police Spies Out of Lives campaign in 2018

It comes amid concerns of a backlash on the streets of Britain in reaction to the outbreak of war.  

The Community Security Trust (CST), which advises Britain’s estimated 280,000 Jews on security matters, has previously warned that any escalation in violence in Israel and Gaza often leads to antisemitic reactions in Britain.

Last night it said new data had proven this to be true. 

The charity did not provide exact numbers but said further incidents could be reported in the coming days.

‘We don’t have firm numbers yet as we are still logging and verifying everything that has come in, which also means that the number is likely to rise further, but the current rate is roughly triple what it was for the same period last year,’ a spokesman said.

Antisemitic incidents in Britain hit a record high in 2021, fuelled by a rise in violence in Israel and Gaza, and last year the CST recorded 1,652, down 27 per cent from the previous year. 

Home Secretary Suella Braverman wrote to police chiefs yesterday, saying that experience showed ‘Islamists and other racists’ would use the current conflict to stir up hatred against British Jews.

Last night, video footage posted on social media showed two people scaling Sheffield town hall and replacing the Israeli flag flying there with a Palestinian one, to cheers from a crowd

Reports that the Israeli flag was subsequently destroyed were not true, according to a Sheffield City Council spokeswoman

She called on police to take a tough line, not just against shows of support for Hamas – which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation in Britain – but also towards some pro-Palestinian displays.

‘Behaviours that are legitimate in some circumstances, for example the waving of a Palestinian flag, may not be legitimate such as when intended to glorify acts of terrorism,’ she said in her letter.

‘Nor is it acceptable to drive through Jewish neighbourhoods, or single out Jewish members of the public, to aggressively chant or wave pro-Palestinian symbols at,’ she wrote in the letter published on the government website.  

On Monday, pro-Palestine protesters banged drums and chanted ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ near the Israeli embassy in Kensington, West London. 

At other protests across the UK, activists proclaimed: ‘Let there be bloodshed.’

Protesters also let off fireworks, some directed at the boarded up embassy. 

The Met made three arrests, one for assault on an emergency worker, another for racially-motivated criminal damage and the third for possessing an offensive weapon. 

Celtic supporters held up banners that read ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Victory to the Resistance’ after Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on Saturday

A number of Palestinian flags were on display at Parkhead as Celtic played Kilmarnock

Last night, video footage posted on social media showed two people scaling Sheffield town hall and replacing the Israeli flag flying there with a Palestinian one, to cheers from assembled protesters. 

Reports that the Israeli flag was subsequently destroyed were not true, according to a Sheffield City Council spokeswoman who said it was handed back to officials from the local authority.

Council leader Tom Hunt said: ‘Everyone has the right to safe and peaceful protest but we cannot support the events that took place during the protest outside Sheffield’s town hall.

‘Protesters put themselves and others in serious danger. We are a City of Sanctuary, and this is not what we stand for.’

Meanwhile, a group of Celtic fans is facing off with the club’s board over plans to wave Palestinian flags during an upcoming Champions League game against Atletico Madrid. 

Members of the ‘Green Brigade’ had previously held up a banner reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Victory to the Resistance’ during a game against Kilmarnock on Saturday – just hours after hundreds of Israeli civilians had been massacred by Hamas terrorists. 

The display was condemned by Celtic FC, who said in a statement: ‘Celtic is a football club and not a political organisation. One of our core values from inception is to be open to all regardless of race, colour, politics or creed.

‘That is why the club has always made clear that political messages and banners are not welcome at Celtic Park, or any match involving Celtic. At a time of loss and suffering for many, it is entirely inappropriate for any group of individuals to use Celtic Park as a vehicle for such messages.’ 

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