Published: 2018-11-20 11:06
Last Updated: 2018-11-21 10:06
Airbnb released a statement on November 19, 2018, explaining reasons why the online marketplace and hospitality service will not add 200 listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
In a press release issued on its website, Airbnb said that “the question centers on the approximately 200 Airbnb listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and whether they should be available for rent on our platform.”
“In the past, we made clear that we would operate in this area as allowed by law, [… ] we concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Airbnb added that “there are conflicting views regarding whether companies should be doing business in the occupied territories that are the subject of historical disputes between Israelis and Palestinians," and that there are "many in the global community (who) have stated that companies should not do business here because they believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced."
Airbnb is a global platform operating in 191 countries and regions and more than 81,000 cities.