Nov 20, 2018
Airbnb: Israeli uproar as firm bars West Bank settlements
Israel has denounced as "Shameful and unfortunate" Airbnb's decision to pull its listings from homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Airbnb said it had made the decision because settlements were "At the core" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Airbnb has come under fire in the past by Palestinian officials and human rights campaigners for allowing listings of homes to rent in Israeli settlements. The Yesha Council, which represents Israeli settlers, accused Airbnb of becoming "a political site" and said the decision was "The result of either anti-Semitism or capitulation to terrorism, or both". More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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