Adri Nieuwhof's rejoinder to Ikea's response re allegations it refuses to deliver to Palestinians in West Bank while still serving Israeli settlers

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Author: Adri Nieuwhof, Tlaxcala

Ikea n'a aucune intention de mettre un terme aux livraisons de ses produits aux colonies illégales israéliennes en Cisjordanie : c'est ce qu'explique une lettre du géant du meuble du 10 décembre... Le Business & Human Rights Resource Centre… a demandé à Ikea de répondre sur le fait que la société de transport d'Ikea Israël, Moviley Dror, effectue des livraisons aux colonies israéliennes mais refuse de livrer des produits aux centres de population palestiniens en Cisjordanie. Dans sa réponse…Ikea tente d'éluder sa responsabilité dans cette discrimination flagrante et cette normalisation d'une situation illégale, évitant de répondre à la question sur les livraisons aux colonies. L'entreprise déclare simplement que c'est son franchisé local qui est responsable de la gestion locale, des investissements et des décisions commerciales liés à son magasin en Israël. [Nous avons invité Ikea & Moviley Dror à répondre à cette réplique. Les deux entreprises nous ont renvoyé à leurs réponses précédentes].

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28 December 2012

Ikea attempts to dodge responsibility for Israel store’s discriminatory delivery practices

Author: Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada

Ikea shows no intention of ending delivery of its products to Israel’s illegal settlement colonies in the West Bank, a 10 December letter from the furniture giant shows…Ikea was asked by…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to respond to the fact that Ikea in Israel’s transport company, Moviley Dror, delivers to Israeli settlements but refuses to deliver products to Palestinian population centers in the occupied West Bank…In its response…Ikea attempts to evade responsibility for this blatant discrimination and normalization of an illegal situation and fails to address its delivery to Israel’s West Bank settlements. The company simply states that its local franchisee is responsible for the local management, investments and business decisions related to the Ikea stores in Israel. [We invited Ikea & Moviley Dror to respond to this rejoinder. Both companies referred us to their previous responses].

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Company response
16 December 2012

Moviley Dror response

Author: Moviley Dror

[S]ince 2010 we have been successfully arranging home delivery of IKEA products to people living in areas controlled by Palestinian Authorities…we are highly committed to provide transport services to all areas including areas controlled by Palestinian Authorities. Any claim of an alleged discrimination between Jewish settlers and Palestinian civilians living in these territories is completely and utterly false. We serve customers in the Palestinian authorities at least 2-3 times per month, providing them with the IKEA Israel's products.

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Company response
10 December 2012

Ikea response

Author: Ikea

IKEA is politically and religiously independent. IKEA is for the many, respecting individuals with different views and opinions. We welcome all people to the IKEA stores, independent of religion, political view, ethnic background or where they come from. IKEA operations are today carried out in 340 IKEA stores in 40 countries including Israel and a range of other markets in the Middle East…The local transport company cooperating with the Israeli IKEA franchisee has since 2010 been able to arrange for home delivery of IKEA products to people living in the areas controlled by Palestinian Authorities. If there has been occasions when the delivery service has not worked as intended it is regrettable and something we will look into.

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