The Jerusalem Post annual conference: 7 Israeli ministers will meet you there!
Airbnb gets over 140,000 signatures on petition to shut down settler rentals
ByJTA
March 11, 2016 09:01
Airbnb has not issued a response to the petition. However, in January, it said in a press statement: “We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business.”
Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. (photo credit:Courtesy)

An international coalition of pro-Palestinian groups is demanding that the online vacation rental company Airbnb immediately stop listing properties in West Bank Israeli settlements.

The groups, which include Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, made the demands in a petition delivered to Airbnb offices in London, Paris, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The petition has more than 140,000 signatures, the groups said.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



“By listing these homes, Airbnb is directly helping Israeli settlers legitimize their occupation of stolen land, contributing to a key piece of the Israeli government’s decades-long policies of occupation, discrimination, and dispossession,” the petition says.

In addition to violating international law, the settlement properties are “literally and completely off-limits” to Palestinian Airbnb users, the petition says.

Airbnb has not issued a response to the petition. However, in January, it said in a press statement: “We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business.”

Approximately 300 settlement properties are listed on Airbnb, many of them labeled as being in Israel rather than specifying they are located outside Israel’s 1967 borders.

According to the petition, some settlers leasing through Airbnb “have explicitly discriminated against people with Arab or Palestinians names, in direct violation of Airbnb’s stated policies.”

In addition to the petition, the coalition has launched a new microsite “parodying Airbnb rental listings and calling attention to the fact that the vacation rental company continues to list Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Settlements
  • West Bank
  • hotel
  • Prev Article
    Israel shutters Palestinian radio station for incitement in overnight raid
    IDF West Bank
    Knife at scene of Jaffa gate stabbing in Jerusalem, March 11, 2016.
    Israeli wounded in stabbing attack near Jerusalem's Dung Gate
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    hezbollah spy
    February 25, 2017
    Lebanese media claims Israel threw smoke bombs across the border fence

    By JPOST.COM STAFF

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 10 - 24
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 12 - 19
      Jerusalem
      10 - 20
      Haifa
    • 13 - 27
      Elat
      10 - 24
      Tiberias