Published Friday, 16 November 2012
The scene of the paintbombing at Castlecourt. (© Republican Network For Unity)
The incident happened in Castlecourt on Friday at 1.50pm when the shopping centre was packed with Christmas shoppers.
Republican Network for Unity (RNU) have admitted carrying out the attack on the Sea Spa Skin Care stall, which sells cosmetics using Dead Sea Salt.
In a statement RNU said that six balloons filled with red paint were launched from a balcony overlooking the stall.
East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton has condemned the attack as "despicable".
He said it was "motivated only by a hatred of Israel".
"The attempts to excuse their actions are pathetic and unconvincing," he added.
"The threats to repeat the attack show contempt for stall workers, shoppers and the citizens of Belfast. The stall has a right to trade and those working have a need for a job."
Over 20 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in attacks by both sides following Israel's assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military chief, in a drone strike on his car on Wednesday.
Hundreds of rockets have been fired into Israel, who has responded with airstrikes during three days of fighting.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has condemned the escalation of violence which he said has put the lives of innocent civilians at risk.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information in relation to it to contact them.