Amazon offers free delivery to Israeli settlements, but not to Pa
Amazon offers free shipping to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank while charging customers who list their country as the Palestinian Territories, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
Amazon’s website states the promotion applies to customers with shipping addresses in Israel on qualifying orders over $49.
Upon running West Bank addresses listed as Israeli through Amazon’s delivery portal, the FT found that the world’s biggest online retailer offers free shipping to settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, which are deemed illegal under international law.
Customers who select “Palestinian Territories” as their address, however, are subject to shipping and handling fees upwards of $24, the FT reported.
Amazon spokesman Nick Caplin told the FT customers within the occupied Palestinian territories can enter their addresses and select Israel as their country to qualify for the promotion. These details are not specified on Amazon’s website.
When contacted by The New Arab, Caplin chalked the discrepancy up to a “logistical issue” that is “not a sign of any other consideration.”