Israel will seek legal steps against Airbnb, says minister

"It is not enough that they came here, held a few meetings and declared that they are against the BDS. They have to prove it in deeds”- minister of strategic affairs Gilad Erdan

By
January 9, 2019 14:06
1 minute read.
Israel will seek legal steps against Airbnb, says minister

The US rental site Airbnb logo is displayed during the company's press conference in Tokyo on June 14, 2018. (photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Airbnb must rescind its boycott of West Bank settlement listings, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said Wednesday at the opening of a 4-kilometer road in the West Bank, just outside of Jerusalem.

He warned that Israel would continue its legal pursuit of the global Internet rental company both in Israel and abroad, particularly in the United States.

“As long as Airbnb does not rescind its policy of discriminating against the citizens of Israel, we will continue to promote steps against the company, both in the regulatory and legal spheres here in Israel and vis-à-vis our friends in the US and around the world,” Erdan said.

He spoke after one of Airbnb’s top executives, Chris Lehane, visited Israel, including the West Bank, in December.

He came to repair the damage done to the company’s ties with Israel, after it decided in November not to list settler rentals on its website.

At the time, he told Israeli officials that the company would review the decision. In the interim, he said, the company would not take any more steps to implement the policy.


Airbnb also issued a statement, explaining that it opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The policy statement can still be found on the website, as can settler rental listings. However, the latter are more difficult to locate.

On Wednesday, Erdan said that the only acceptable response to Israel’s complaints is to rescind the policy.

“It is not enough that they came here, held a few meetings and declared that they are against the BDS [movement]. They have to prove it in deeds,” Erdan said.

“We won’t tolerate any form of boycott against Israeli citizens, not in Judea and Samaria and not anywhere else,” he said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Gilad Erdan
January 22, 2019
Erdan: We restored the peace and quiet to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

By ALON EINHORN