The company behind the popular online marketplace for renting your home, Airbnb, haas decided to remove rental listings from homes in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Airbnb’s practice of allowing listings in the West Bank has been a controversial issue for years, and advocates for Palestinians have decried the practice. Its discontinuation is seen widely as a win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to inspire boycotts against the state of Israel and Israeli companies that profit off of ”occupied territories”.
“It is thanks to the hard work of activists in this coalition and around the world that Airbnb will no longer be profiting from Israeli apartheid in the West Bank,” Ariel Gold, national co-director of the anti-war group Codepink, told the Sputnik News Agency. “Israeli settlements are not only illegal under international law, but they contribute directly to the daily human rights abuses Palestinians face.”
“Palestinians on the ground spoke out about how Airbnb was affecting them by supporting settlements, and as international solidarity activists, we took to the streets, used social and traditional media and disrupted Airbnb events across the US — all to have our voices heard that Palestinians deserve to live with freedom, dignity and equality,” Gold said.
“We thank Airbnb for getting on the right side of history on this issue and pledge to continue our work for Palestinian rights,” she added.
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