“I was sent this picture of my book that someone bought from Amazon. The book was totally defaced. Free Palestine stickers were put all over the book. This is unacceptable. I’m in contact with @amazonbooks and they’re making sure this doesn’t happen again. Comment below if something similar happened to you,” she wrote. A representative for Amazon said, “We take this very seriously and apologize to the impacted customer and author.” “We immediately launched an investigation into the defaced book, identified the person responsible, and that person no longer works at Amazon,” the representative said. Navigating the intense hatred for Israel that sprang from its response to the slaughter of more than 1,400 people by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas last month has been a challenge for companies. For example, Amazon has been criticized for selling merchandise with the slogan “from the river to the sea,” Newsweek reported. Although the slogan has been used in recent weeks to mean the elimination of the state of Israel, Amazon said that items with that slogan “do not contravene our policies” that ban products that “promote, incite, or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance.” According to Newsweek, some product reviewers took issue with Amazon’s stance. “The slogan tries to justify the genocide of Israelis instead of trying to promote peaceful coexistence,” an Amazon user using the name Barry Gordon wrote, according to Newsweek. [firefly_poll] “The world has seen how Hamas was trying to implement ‘From the River to the Sea’ in practice, This phrase undermines the prospects of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It inflicts psychological pain on Israelis and Jews everywhere in the world, who bear the inherited trauma of previous eliminationist movements,” a review writer using the name Leon wrote, according to Newsweek. However, from within Amazon, the company is being attacked by a group of Arab employees for not going far enough against Israel, according to The Washington Post. Two days after Hamas slaughtered its way through southern Israel, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy emailed company workers in Israel. “I’m thinking of you all at this incredibly hard time and understand that your immediate focus needs to be, first and foremost, on ensuring your safety and that of your loved ones,” he wrote. The Post said no similar message went to Palestinian employees in the United States, the Post reported. “Amazon does employ Arab employees, and our lives are just as equal. They have a lot of employees this is affecting on the other side. We’re not all terrorists, we’re just humans who have families in those situations,” said an Arab employee of Amazon, whose name was withheld by the Post.
I was sent this picture of my book that someone bought from Amazon. The book was totally defaced. Free Palestine stickers were put all over the book. This is unacceptable. I’m in contact with @amazonbooks and they’re making sure this doesn’t happen again. Comment below if… pic.twitter.com/i1VszNuJxH— (((noa tishby))) (@noatishby) November 8, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.