Unacceptable that IKEA delivers goods to illegal settlements

Statement by the Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden
Original statement in Swedish

IKEA's map of Israel where the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Golan are included.

IKEA's map of Israel where the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Golan are included. Photo by Cecilia Uddén, Radio Sweden.

The image is from Radio Sweden’s website.

The information presented today by Radio Sweden concerning that the Swedish furniture corporation IKEA contributes to Israel’s apartheid politics is shocking and the Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden now calls on the corporation to act responsibly and immediately change its policy.

IKEA in Israel delivers furniture to the West Bank – but only to illegal Israeli settlements, not to Palestinian inhabited areas.

IKEA’s map of Israel includes the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights, without border markings. Neither is East Jerusalem indicated. 95 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank cannot visit the IKEA store because they live on the other side of the wall. The Israeli settlers also live there – and IKEA delivers to the illegal settlements.

According to the transport company that IKEA employs, Israel’s army prohibits the company to drive into the Palestinian areas. This means that IKEA is playing straight into the hands of the Israeli occupying power. IKEA’s actions conflict with international law as well as the Swedish Foreign Ministry guidelines and UN’s Global Compact. This is not only mixing politics and business; it is uppholding and legitimising an illegal occupation.

Listen to Radio Sweden’s programme here (Swedish).

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