Airbnb to remove listings in Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank

Home-renting company, Airbnb, decided to remove its listings in Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, in the occupied West Bank: “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.”

The company has previously come under Palestinian criticism for such listings, which Palestinian officials and human rights campaigners found misleading for failing to mention that the property is on occupied land claimed by the Palestinians. Palestinians believed that by contributing to the Israeli settlement economy, Airbnb, like many other companies doing business in the West Bank, helps maintain Israel’s settlement enterprise.
The company explained that the “US law permits companies like Airbnb to engage in business in these territories…At the same time, many in the global community have stated that companies should not do business here because they believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced,” Airbnb said.Airbnb also mentioned that a part of their decision-making process was to “evaluate whether the existence of listings is contributing to existing human suffering” and “determine whether the existence of listings in the occupied territory has a direct connection to the larger dispute in the region.”