After the NBA removed the word “occupied” from the name of the Palestinian territories listed on its website following a diplomatic mini-crisis over the matter, it turns out that the popular online retailer Asos is still using the controversial word.
Asos offers shoppers “Palestinian Territory, Occupied” as a shipping option Photo Credit: Screenshot
ASOS.com is a British fashion store website that is very popular among Israelis who are looking to buy stylish clothes and shoes online. However, it turns out that just as you can send the items you bought to Israel or almost any other destination in the world, you can also choose to send them to “Palestinian Territory, Occupied.”
A short tour of similar online shopping sites shows that the use the word “occupied” in the shipping destination option is irregular. For instance, the popular AliExpress online retail site gives its shoppers the option of choosing to send their purchase to “Palestine,” without using the controversial word. In addition, there is no flag listed next to the “Palestine” option. The Israeli flag appears next to the shipping option for Israel. According to Israel News Company, eBay does not even give its shoppers the option of selecting the West Bank area under the Palestinian Authority’s control as their shipping destination.
AliExpress offers shoppers “Palestine” as a shipping option Photo Credit: Screenshot
Last week, the NBA removed the word “occupied” from the name of the Palestinian territories listed on its website following a diplomatic mini-crisis over the matter. After it was reported by Israel News Company and JOL on Wednesday that the American premier basketball league displayed the controversial word next to the name of the Palestinian Territories, Israeli Sports Minister Miri Regev issued a sharp letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver demanding its removal. The name was changed shortly afterward.
The NBA’s President of Social Responsibility, Kathy Behrens, said a third party had provided the country names for the site. “We do not produce the country listings for NBA.com and as soon as we became aware of it, the site was updated. We apologize for this oversight, and have corrected it,” she said.