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Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Short-term Rental Airbnb Bans Listing of Houses from Israeli West Bank Settlements An Israeli colony in the West Bank
Andrew Cummings | 21 November, 2018, 03:15

Israel said Tuesday it would slap high taxes on vacation rental company Airbnb and encourage legal steps against the site over its decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements.

She advertises her rental on Airbnb as an "escape from daily tumult" in Israel, and doesn't mention that the property, complete with a Jacuzzi and desert views, is located in the West Bank.

An Airbnb spokesman said the decision, affecting some 200 listings, would take effect in the days ahead.

The company has previously said: "We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business and investigate concerns raised about specific listings", adding that U.S. law allows it to do business in the settlements.

Airbnb operates in over 190 countries, but their site states that as they are required to comply with global regulations, they do not operate in various countries and jurisdictions.

Human Rights Watch says it has been urging Airbnb to leave the controversial region for two years.

But Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said the decision was "the most wretched of wretched capitulations to the boycott efforts".

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat welcomed Airbnb's decision as "an initial positive step".

Nick Papas, a spokesman for Airbnb, declined to comment on the officials' statements.

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The US-based rights group lamented that listings in West Bank settlements can not be rented out by Palestinian ID holders, representing the "only example in the world the organisations found in which Airbnb hosts have no choice but to discriminate against guests based on national or ethnic origin".

Palestine Legal, a Palestinian rights group that monitors US anti-boycott legislation, said on its website that some of the laws enacted at USA state level apply both to Israel and "territories controlled by Israel", an allusion to areas such as the West Bank.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.

The move has been welcomed by Palestinians but Israel has called it "shameful" and threatened legal action.

The campaign, which has used the hashtag #stolenhomes, has been supported by several groups including Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, Sum of Us, CODEPINK and the US Palestinian Community Network.

This law would target in particular the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, a coordinated strategy created to apply pressure on Israel to withdraw from occupied territories, among other territorial and alleged human-rights issues.

Strategic affairs minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees Israel's battle against a Palestinian-led boycott movement, called on Airbnb hosts affected by the decision to file lawsuits in accordance with Israel's anti-boycott law.

He said that "national conflict exist throughout the world and Airbnb will need to explain why they chose a racist political stance against some Israeli citizens".

Israeli leaders slammed the decision and called on Airbnb to reverse it. In similar previous cases, boycotts have constituted companies, performing artists, or others refusing to engage in business anywhere in Israel.

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