Nov. 20, 2018
Israel Lashes Out at Airbnb after Company Pulls Listings of West Bank Home Rentals, by Glenn Fleishman (Fortune via Daily Alert) & a second related article by NGO Monitor (via Daily Alert)
Airbnb announced on Monday it will remove all listings by Jews in the West Bank, an Israeli-controlled disputed territory. In response, Israel said it would act to restrict Airbnb in the country, and encouraged affected Airbnb hosts to file lawsuits under Israel’s anti-boycott law. Airbnb’s action affects about 200 hosts.
Israelis noted that Airbnb continues to offer listings in a number of other locales that remain in dispute or are controlled by dictators. Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren pointed out Turkish-occupied Cyprus, Moroccan-occupied Sahara, Tibet, and the Crimea as examples.
Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said he will work with U.S. officials to determine if Airbnb has violated laws in U.S. states that prohibit boycotts targeting Israel. About 25 states have enacted anti-boycott laws. (Fortune)
(Daily Alert, Nov. 20, 2018)
On Monday, Airbnb announced it was “removing listings” in “Israeli settlements” in the West Bank. This change in policy was a clear result of a coordinated and well-financed campaign targeting the company by NGOs involved in BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel, led by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), in concert with the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), at least three Israeli groups, and the PA. The funders responsible for this campaign include a number of European governments as well as the U.S.-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Airbnb has thousands of listings in occupied territories and areas of extreme violence and human suffering. Yet, the company has decided to solely apply this policy to approximately 100+ Jewish-owned apartments. (NGO Monitor)