Despite claims, Ikea Israel refuses to deliver to Palestinians in West Bank while serving settlers
Submitted by Adri Nieuwhof on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:40
Ikea publicly claims its Israeli store delivers to anyone regardless of race, religion or nationality. But new evidence shows that Ikea’s claim is false.
At my request, Iyad Misk, a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian living in the West Bank, called Ikea to ask about home delivery to the Palestinian village of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem.
In a 3 December email I was told the phone call was transferred to the store’s delivery company Moviley Dror. The company’s representative “Sholy” said that while delivery to the checkpoint near Bethlehem would be possible, Moviley Dror would not enter the Palestinian Authority areas because they are dangerous, Sholy claimed.
Sholy clarified that Moviley Dror would not pass the checkpoint, even if the area is classified as Area C under the Oslo accords (part of the village of Beit Sahour is in Area C). This covers over 60 percent of the West Bank, under full Israeli military control.
Around 150,000 Palestinians live in Area C, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In total, over 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank, including 300,000 in East Jerusalem, reported British newspaper The Guardian in July. It is obvious that the settlers represent a substantial market for Ikea.
Boycott IKEA, boycott Apartheid.
Formal annexation of West Bank by Israel?
Incidentally the Zionist state seems to have gone all the way to formally annex the allegedly autonomous Palestinian Territories, at least the West Bank, because they are now issuing visas that read Judea and Samaria only, which is the name that supporters of Greater Israel (the one genocidal version of the one state solution) have used historically (and rather inaccurately) for the West Bank.
Yesterday in the regular press conference of the US State Department, several journalists raised the issue of the lack of concern by the White House, when it does instead claims to heaven on issues like the geography depicted by Chinese visas with a map.