Extortion?! Amazon forces Palestinians to list address as Israel for free shipping

Feb 17,2020

This has been criticised by so many international rights groups.

American e-commerce company Amazon has been slammed for offering free shipping to illegal settlements in occupied West Bank but not to Palestinians.

According to the Financial Times, customers living in the occupied Palestinian Territories can receive free shipping only when they select Israel as their address.

The Financial Times said, in findings released following an investigation it conducted in the West Bank, Amazon offers free shipping if your address is in Israel and your total order exceeds $49.

However, Palestinian customers who list their address as "the Palestinian Territories" are forced to pay fees starting from $24.

Amazon spokesman Nick Caplin said: "If a customer within the Palestinian Territories enters their address and selects Israel as the country, they can receive free shipping through the same promotion."

Many human rights organisations criticised Amazon's policy.

An international human rights lawyer accused Amazon of “blatant discrimination between potential customers on the basis of their nationality.”

Financial Times

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