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Discount retailer Target recently made headlines after it was alleged that the company has blocked Israel from accessing their website.
According to the source that released the news, Target.com was unavailable to Israelis from late November to early December.
The Claim: Target blocked access in Israel?
Users from Israel who tried to access the site received an “Access Denied” message, said the Only Simchas News.
User Jennifer Bayer, who tried to access the website to shop online, received the restricted access message. This was confirmed by her friends who were having the same problem, the local news channel said. Ms. Bayer then contacted the retailer directly.
As reported by the news site, the company responded with the clarification that the restriction put ‘was to ensure data security’ of their users.
Target made a conscious decision to block Israel-based IP addresses as Israel was listed among the top 5 countries to launch “malicious attacks” against the company.
The news site went on to report further that Target was still taking orders over the phone. A 24-hour toll-free number was also provided.
Another user, Chani Hadad, an English Instructor at an Israeli college, questioned Target’s Israel issue saying “Why does Target have a problem with Israel that Amazon, Old Navy, Next Direct, etc. does not?”
The Truth: Target site is accessible in Israel, although it experienced a downtime.
According to a Times of Israel report, Target.com was indeed down in Israel for some hours on an unspecified date. However, the site is “back up and running, complete with shipping to Israel and prices in shekels” TOI said.
“It had been down for much of the day, with users getting an error message,” the source further added.
Furthermore, the Israeli Twiterrati confirmed the shopping behemoth’s site as fully operational on Dec. 7, 2016.
That being said, Target has released no official statement, confirming or denying blocking its website in Israel.
Therefore, the statement that the retail company had allegedly released earlier is likely bogus.
At the same time, Only Simchas News seems to describe itself as an entertainment site. Therefore, it is possible that there is no truth to the claims that were posted.
I don't know why @Target briefly didn't allow purchases from Israel on its US website, but am happy it's resolved. Thanks Target.
— Michele Chabin (@MicheleChabin1) December 8, 2016
Finally. I can now view @target's website from Israel. The site was "blocked" for quite a while.
— Ahuvah Berger-Burcat (@ahoova) December 8, 2016