For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
I'm sorry to say that the Ahava shop in London's Covent Garden, which has for long been subject to fortnightly demonstrations by both Jews and non-Jews with Boycott Derangement Syndrome (representative video below) is closing. Its landlord, Shaftesbury PLC, will not be renewing its lease, and the shop's neighbours are not sorry to see it close, since the hostile noisy intimidatory crowds which regularly picketed it and hurled abuse at customers proved bad for all traders in the area.
This shabby victory, which came despite the best efforts of a stalwart band of pro-Israel protesters, who would surely have included more Jews had the protests not occurred on Shabbat, will presumably encourage the totalitarian left and its islamofascist allies to continue such protests against Israeli interests in London and elsewhere. See how cock-a-hoop they are: http://londonbds.org/2011/03/31/ahava-is-on-the-run/
Tribute must be paid to a group of Christians who regularly made the long trip from Wales in order to demonstrate alongside the pro-Israel counter-protesters.
Blogger Richard Millett (see my blogroll) has over the past months provided many interesting illustrated posts on those Boycott Ahava events, and Jonathan Hoffman, who was one of the stalwarts who made the case for Israel and was rarely absent from the counter-protests, gives his verdict here: http://thejc.com/blogpost/fascist-bullies-force-closure-jewish-shop
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"