Nov 19, 2018

Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlement listings

Airbnb says it will remove from its listings all homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Airbnb has previously been criticised by Palestinian officials and human rights campaigners for allowing listings of homes to rent in Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank. Following an evaluation, it said: "We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians." Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said it was "Crucial for Airbnb to follow the position of international law that Israel is the occupying power and that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including occupied east Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute war crimes". The Yesha Council, which represents Israeli settlers, accused Airbnb of becoming "a political site" and said the decision "Is the result of either anti-Semitism or capitulation to terrorism, or both".

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