Airbnb announces intent to remove Israeli West Bank settlement property listings
Thursday, November 22, 2018
The company stated: "US law permits companies like Airbnb to engage in business in these territories. At the same time, many in the global community have stated that companies should not do business here because they believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced".
Various human rights activists and Palestinian officials, critics of Airbnb's West Bank listings for several years, lauded the announcement. Israeli leaders criticized the company and supported bringing legal action against it in US courts.
The Israelisaid they would act to limit Airbnb's activity within the country. The office's minister also ordered the creation of a program aimed at boosting West Bank settlement tourism and accommodations.
Under international law, disputed by Israel, Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal. The settlements have been a major obstacle in peace negotiations for the region. About 600 thousand Israeli settlers populate West Bank andIsraeli settlements.
- "Airbnb to remove listings from illegal Israeli settlements" — , November 20, 2018
- "Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlement listings" — , November 20, 2018
- Oren Liebermann. "Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlements listings" — , November 20, 2018