AirBnb announces it will remove listings in illegal West Bank settlements

19 November 2018 - 6:00pm
Press release


Photo: Illegal Israeli Settlement encroaching on Bethlehem and Beit Sahour in the West Bank – The Advocacy Project, Flickr

AirBnb announced today that it will remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Palestine.

Ryvka Barnard, War on Want's Senior Campaigns Officer for Militarism and Security, said:

"Airbnb has made the right decision to stop profiting from holiday homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law. It should have never allowed them to be listed in the first place.

Tourism must not be used as a tool of dispossession; tourism companies have a legal and ethical responsibility to make sure they are not contributing to the settlement enterprise which involves land theft and displacement of Palestinians.

Dozens of other multinational corporations -- whether involved in tourism, construction, technology or weapons -- are complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people. For decades they have profited from military occupation with virtually no consequences, but now we are finally seeing a change. Veolia, G4S, Orange, CRH, and dozens of other companies have seen that the reputational damage from doing business with occupation, not to mention the legal implications, is becoming an endeavour too costly to continue.

This victory was hard won by campaigners working on this issue for years, and will certainly give way to many more campaign victories when the United Nations Human Rights Council publishes its report of companies complicit in the occupation this March."

Ryvka is available for interviews and further comment on request.

Media contacts

Ryvka Barnard: rbarnard@waronwant.org

media@waronwant.org / 07983 550 728

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