Boycott Amazon Campaign

Amazon’s Self-Publishing Arm Is a Haven for White Supremacists

The company gives extremists and neo-Nazis banned from other platforms unprecedented access to a mainstream audience — and even promotes their books.

Featured Graphic: Extremism flourishes on Amazon’s self-publishing arm. (Tom Gauld, special to ProPublica )

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and The Atlantic and is not subject to our Creative Commons license.

Fair use excerpt (go to link above for full story):

“Give me, a white man, a reason to live,” a user posted to the anonymous message board 4chan in the summer of 2017. “Should I get a hobby. What interests can I pursue to save myself from total despair. How do you go on living.”

A fellow user had a suggestion: “Please write a concise book of only factual indisputable information exposing the Jews,” focusing on “their selling of our high tech secrets to China/Russia” and “their long track record of pedophilia and perversion etc.”

The man seeking advice was intrigued. “And who would publish it and who would put it in their bookstores that would make it worth the trouble,” he asked.

The answer came a few minutes later. “Self-publish to Amazon,” his interlocutor replied.

Boycott Amazon Campaign Labor actions

Whole Foods Wants Workers to Donate Sick Leave to Ailing Co-Workers

We guess this is part of the way HOW Jeff Bezos got to be the world’s richest man. And this is at a time when Amazon is making money hand over fist because of the shift to remote shopping and goods delivery due to the physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.–20200315-0007.html

“With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe,” a former employee said.

Employees of Whole Foods, which is owned by the richest person on the planet Jeff Bezos, were asked to give their own accumulated paid sick days to their co-workers forced to stop working because of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The executives of the grocery chain proposed employees to do so knowing the company is able to give its workers unlimited paid sick leave during what has been declared a national emergency in the United States (U.S.).

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said in an email sent Wednesday to staffers that one of the options available to face the coronavirus crisis was to put their “paid time off” (PTO) days into a pool that other workers could take from.

“Team Members who have a medical emergency or death in their immediate family can receive donated PTO hours, not only from Team Members in their own location but also from Team Members across the country,” Mackey wrote in the email.

“As a subsidiary of Amazon, the world’s biggest company, Whole Foods could easily afford to pay its hourly employees for sick days taken during the coronavirus outbreak without breaking the bank. Instead, the company has put the onus back on workers, and they’re not happy about it,” Journalist Lauren Kaori Gurley, who broke the story for Motherboard, said.

Boycott Amazon Campaign

World’s Richest Man Wants Your Donations to His Workers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos faces backlash after publicising a relief fund the public can donate to for his contract employees working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Amazon Relief Fund was created with $25m from the e-commerce company to assist its “employees and partners”, specifically those who are responsible for the necessary task of delivering all the products consumers order across the US.

It’s focused on “supporting our US-based Delivery Associates employed by Delivery Service Providers, our Amazon Flex Delivery Partners, and Associates working for Integrity Staffing, Adecco Staffing, and RES Staffing, and drivers and support team members of line haul partners under financial distress due to a Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantine.”

Besides the company contributing $25m to the fund, it also allows the public to donate if they deem it important. “While we aren’t expecting anyone to do so, you can make a voluntary donation to the fund if you desire to do so,” Amazon wrote on its fund’s website.

Boycott Amazon Campaign

Amazon accused of bias in West Bank settlements

Amazon accused of bias in West Bank settlements

Free shipping for anyone who lists address as Israel attacked as discriminatory. Customers who select their address as the Palestinian Territories are subject to shipping and handling fees upwards of $24

by Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem and Max Harlow in London

Amazon is offering free shipping to highly contentious Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, but only to their Palestinian neighbours if they list their country as Israel, an FT investigation has found.

The e-commerce giant started selling in Israel in November and offers free shipping on orders of more than $49.

The FT checked all the West Bank addresses listed as Israeli by the activist organisation Peace Now and found that Amazon’s offer extends to nearly all Israeli settlements in the contested region, which are considered illegal under international law.

But Palestinian customers who select their address as the Palestinian Territories are subject to shipping and handling fees upwards of $24.

Nick Caplin, an Amazon spokesman, said that “if a customer within the Palestinian Territories enters their address and selects Israel as the country, they can receive free shipping through the same promotion”.

Contested territory

Israel has occupied the West Bank since it wrested the region from Jordanian control in the 1967 war. Today, it is home to some 460,000 Israelis, who live in settlements widely considered illegal by the international community. Palestinians have decried the increasing normalisation of these settlements, which are guarded by the Israeli military, as a barrier to an eventual negotiated peace with Israel.

Last month the Trump administration rolled out its long-anticipated Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, which in effect called for the creation of a fractured, rump Palestinian state surrounded by Israel. The Palestinians were outraged, with President Mahmoud Abbas arguing that the plan “detracts from Palestinian rights and denies all agreements and resolutions of international legitimacy”.

Mail deliveries to the Israeli-occupied West Bank must pass through Israel before reaching the Palestinian territory, and are often subject to long delays. Human rights campaigners said that by offering the discount exclusively to addresses listed as Israeli West Bank settlements, and not the Palestinian Territories, Amazon is wading into a geopolitical dispute that is increasingly creating two sets of rules for two increasingly intertwined populations.

Michael Sfard, an Israeli international human rights lawyer, said that Amazon’s policy is “blatant discrimination between potential customers on the basis of their nationality” in a single geopolitical area.

Peace Now said that the discrepancy in Amazon’s services between Israelis and Palestinians “adds to the overall picture of one group of people enjoying the privileges of citizenship while another people living in the same territory do not”.

‘100 or 200 packages every day’

Until last year, Amazon existed in Israel only as a means to buy from international sellers, a limitation that meant high prices and long delivery times. That changed in 2019 as the company courted local sellers to use the platform to sell locally and globally, as well as launching a Hebrew-language version of its website in August.

With retail prices in Israel notoriously high compared to incomes, and little domestic competition for consumer goods, Amazon’s arrival came as welcome news for many Israelis.

In the West Bank settlement of Efrat, home to around 10,000 Israelis, there has been such a massive increase in parcels in recent months that the overwhelmed post office pressed the butcher shop next door into delivering packages to customers.

“Every day 100 or 200 packages from Amazon,” said Meir Cohen, an Efrat post office clerk, calling the recent influx “madness”.

Barely two miles south of Efrat, however, the comparable-sized Palestinian town of Beit Fajjar has no postal service. Local resident Yazeed Odah said he must travel 45 minutes into Bethlehem in order to retrieve mail, with the Palestinian postal service largely dysfunctional, and estimated delivery times in excess of a month.

Amazon is not the first tech company to encounter complications when operating in West Bank settlements. In 2018, home rental website Airbnb removed listings in the region following outrage from Palestinian officials and human rights groups, only to reverse that decision less than a year later after Israeli pressure mounted.

This week, the UN published a list of 112 companies it identified as having business ties with Israeli West Bank settlements that “raised particular human rights concerns”. Among those named in addition to Airbnb were TripAdvisor, Motorola and Expedia. Amazon was not included.

Diana Buttu, a former PLO spokeswoman and legal adviser in peace talks between Israel and Palestine, said Amazon’s policy is, in effect, “allowing the settlement activity to be viewed as legal when [it’s] not.”

“The issue is just how normalised the settlements have become, not just in Israeli eyes, but in international eyes,” Buttu added. “And that’s the problem, it’s that unless you begin to treat them as illegal, then it becomes so natural for them to become normalised.”

After the publication of this article, for which the FT contacted Amazon for comment several times, the company added that the exclusion of the Palestinian Territories from the shipping discount was “a logistical issue and not a sign of any other consideration”.

Noam Perry, Economic Activism Associate

American Friends Service Committee, 1730 Franklin St. Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94612


Investigate: Action/Research on State Violence. What are you invested in?

Boycott Amazon Campaign

Amazon Threatens its Workers Agitating for Climate Justice

A new report on PBS:

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon employees say the company is threatening to fire workers for publicly pushing the company to do more to combat climate change.

Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, a climate change advocacy group founded by Amazon workers, said Thursday that the company sent letters to members telling them that they could be fired if they continued to speak to the press.

“This is not the time to shoot the messengers,” said Amazon employee Maren Costa, in a prepared statement. “This is not the time to silence those who are speaking out.”

You can learn more from them directly at

Boycott Amazon Campaign

Amazon’s Unholy Alliances

If you are interested in working on a BDS campaign targeting Whole Foods/Amazon for its complicity in ICE deportations, violation of worker rights, and contracts with the Israeli arms industry, please contact us at

Positive SSL