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Ford Garage Refuses To Sell Mirror To Man – Because He Lives In Israel

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Oldham – When Israel
resident Jack de Lowe wanted to buy a wing mirror for his Ford Focus earlier
this month, he finally tracked down the part to a garage in Oldham, northern
England. 

 

Although
thousands of miles from where he lives, he was interested in buying a used
mirror, not a new one, and Ford Parts Oldham seemed the most cost-effective
option.

 

He
was expecting to pay about £40 for the mirror but he was instead quoted the
vastly inflated figure of £1,025.

 

When
he emailed the firm again to query the amount, he received the following
response (all spelling errors contained in it are deliberately reproduced
below):

 

“As we do not recognise the state of
israel we do not ship to such non exitent 
ountries hwoever delivery to palestin can be arranged at a sensible
price.”

 

The
message wasn’t signed.

 

Heat
Street rang Ford Parts Oldham for confirmation that it had really sent the
message:

 

 

The
manager and owner of the business, Mursal Israr, admitted he had sent it
personally.

 

He
said he was justified in doing so because it is his right not to do business
with an individual if he doesn’t want to.

 

He
said: “I sent the email myself…We don’t recognise the illegal occupation of
Israel. We don’t believe in the illegal occupation of what is going on there
and there’s innocent Muslims and people are getting killed there on a daily
basis so we don’t wish to do any business with the state of Israel whatsoever
because we don’t recognise the state of Israel.”

 

When
it was pointed out that Mr de Lowe is an individual rather than a
representative of the state of Israel, Mr Israr said: “It doesn’t matter, he
shouldn’t live there, then…There is no state of Israel, let’s begin with that.
We don’t discriminate against people whatsoever but we don’t do business with
Israel because we don’t recognise it.”

 

“I am allowed to do business with whomever
I wish to do business with…It’s up to me who I do business with.”

 

A
spokesman for Ford said Israr’s garage is not an official Ford franchise and is
not affiliated to Ford in any way. They added that their legal team is now
investigating Israr’s use of the word ‘Ford’ in his company’s name.