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Amazon questioned over free shipping to Israel, not Palestinian territories

The online retail giant is accused of bias for offering free shipping to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria because their address is marked ‘Israel’ but not to Arab village clients who identify their country as ‘Palestinian Authority’.

By Ben Ariel and JTA,


Amazon has been accused of bias for offering free shipping to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria but not to villages under the control of the Palestinian Authority, JTA reported on Sunday.

The online retail giant began selling its international products in Israel late last year and offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more. The address, however, has to be listed as Israel. Continue Reading »

Amazon opens in Israel on September 12

Although the online retail giant will not open a local distribution facility in Israel, the website (in Hebrew & English) allows Israeli shoppers prioritized access to local business for speedier deliveries and lower prices, just in time for Rosh Hashanah.

By Navit Zomer


After several delays, online retail giant Amazon on Monday informed Israeli businesses that the local version of its website will be ready on September 12.

In a letter to retailers, Amazon advises sellers to get their stocks ready and prepare a list of items they wish to sell on the website.

Amazon Israel (English version) – Screenshot: IsraelandStuff/PP

The letter also indicates that the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins September 29, is a sales target. Continue Reading »

Amazon Negotiating for Shipping Center in Israel

In preparation to enter into the Israeli market, Amazon has teams of both locals & non-Israelis meeting local distribution, delivery and logistics companies, to lease warehouses of at least 270,000 square feet in the center of Israel.

By Golan Hazani


Amazon is preparing to set up local retail activity in Israel. The company is negotiating the lease of warehouses in central Israel for operational activities and for supplying the local market, people familiar with the matter who spoke on conditions of anonymity told Calcalist.

If the negotiations come to fruition, Amazon will also launch a targeted website for Israeli consumers, these people said, adding that Amazon is interested in leasing a minimum 270,000 square feet of warehouses (25,000 square meters) and is more likely to prefer a location near the city of Modi’in, 22 miles (35 kilometers) southeast of Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »

Amazon pulls Israeli author’s best-selling book, A History of the Palestinian People


Former teacher of Jewish history at Haifa University and author Assaf Voll, had his best-selling book on Palestinian history unceremoniously yanked from Amazon following complaints about its content….or rather, the lack of.

By Tsvi Sadan


The title of the new book by Israeli author Assaf A. Voll, A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, quickly hit the bestseller list of Amazon, but you won’t find it there.

Screenshot from Amazon

“The joke’s run its course,” Voll told Israel Today after Amazon yanked the book only two days after it was published. A copy of the letter from Amazon sent to us by Voll states the reason for removing the book: “We found that your book(s) are resulting in a disappointing customer experience.” Continue Reading »

Amazon in negotiation to acquire Israeli chip-maker Annapurna Labs

Annapurna Labs, based in Yokneam, has been operating in secrecy ever since it was launched in 2011, with managers refusing to divulge company’s operations or the products it develops.

By Meir Orbach & Assaf Gilad


After the announcement that cloud storage giant Dropbox acquired Israel-based startup CloudOn, another Israeli company may be bought out by a big name oversees. According to Calcalist, Amazon is in negotiations with the Israeli chip-maker Annapurna Labs, based in Yokneam – the lower Galilee locale that has come to be known as “startup village” because more than 100 tech-companies, which export billions of US dollars annually, call it home. Continue Reading »