Harrods faces backlash against Qatari owners

Protests centre on allegations of Gulf State's links to terrorist organisations
Harrods faces backlash against Qatari owners
By Staff writer
Mon 13 Oct 2014 10:32 AM

London’s famous department store Harrods is facing a boycott in a protest against its Qatari owners.

The protest is centred on Qatar’s alleged links to funding terrorist organisations or turning a blind eye to financiers operating out of Qatar, according to the UK’s The Telegraph newspaper.

Harrods was bought by Qatar Holdings, part of Qatar Investment Authority in 2010 for a reported £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion).

Now the world famous store is facing a backlash from protesters, particularly in light of recent executions of Western hostages carried out by ISIL, and increased violence in the region.

Leading UK solicitor Mark Lewis, who represented the family of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler during the News of the World phone hacking scandal, is among those calling for a boycott of the store.

“We can stand back and do nothing, but when we do, we are paying for that terror… People need to know where their money is going,” he was quoted as saying.

Simon Cobbs, from Sussex Friends of Israel, which has previously held a protest outside the Qatari embassy, said: “We will now target other Qatar-owned businesses including Harrods. We will ensure that Harrods customers know that the money they spend ultimately ends up in the hands of a regime that funds terrorism.”

Qatar has denied funding terrorist groups.

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