Baby clothes painted red sent to London club owned by Israeli

London club E1 received a parcel of baby clothes painted red with the message: 'Your boss is a Zionist killer'
London club E1 received a parcel of baby clothes painted red with the message: 'Your boss is a Zionist killer'

A London nightclub which was owned by a medic in the Israeli army was targeted with a parcel of baby clothes painted red accompanied by the message: “Your boss is a Zionist killer.”

The package was sent by post to the club, called E1, which was co-founded by Yuval Hen, who has served in a medical capacity in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The club has been the target of calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian campaigners protesting against the Gaza war.

Mr Hen travelled to Israel after the Oct 7 massacre carried out by Hamas when his “life fell to pieces”, according to a friend. Having lost friends and family on the day around 1,200 people were murdered by terrorists, he “dropped everything” to support his home country.

Last month, having decided to move back to Israel permanently, he returned to Britain for a week to arrange his departure, including leaving his position at the club where he has been a director since 2015.

On his return to London he found that he and two members of staff had been sent baby clothes painted red in the post, along with the message personally addressed to them. He has since returned to Israel.

Club targeted by calls for boycott

His club has been the target of calls for a boycott by a group calling itself “Ravers for Palestine”, which posted screenshots of Mr Hen on Instagram which the group said showed him “fighting alongside the IDF during its ongoing ground invasion of Gaza”.

It added: “No-one wants to lose another rave venue in London. But there can be no place in our culture for actors engaged in colonial violence, especially those in positions of power and ownership. We urge all ravers and DJs to boycott E1 until further notice.”

In a statement Mr Hen provided for DJ promoters and others in the nightclub industry, he said: “I write to you as you have probably by now seen the news about me leaving E1. I wanted to reach out personally to explain my reasoning behind this and to assure you the club is left in good hands. Back in October I stepped away for personal reasons.

The crisis in Israel and Palestine has changed my life and I could not see myself celebrating or being around a happy environment, so I chose to go home and be with family and assist being a medic. I returned last week to arrange my official exit and resignation as director so as to not affect E1 and its team.

“I would like to thank you for working with me in the past and hope you continue your relationship with E1 on my departure.”

Oliver Laurence, a former police officer, told The Telegraph: “I see no affirmative action by the Met to make the Jewish community feel safe, this does not appear to me to be a priority for them. Week in and week out we’re seeing actions and activities carried out by pro-Palestinian marchers which go unchallenged by authorities. The Jewish community have a right to be fearful, from this lack of action by our policing leaders.”