Airbnb co-founders (from left to right) Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Brian Chesky.
Airbnb co-founders (from left to right) Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Brian Chesky.

The company behind the popular online marketplace for renting your home, Airbnb, has 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”.

Sadly, Airbnb has rendered itself politically motivated and involved in a most partisan manner, singling out Israel only. It is supporting and sanctioning an openly hostile movement that is intent on causing economic and cultural damage to Israel and aligning itself with hostile organizations and groups supporting acts of violence and terror against Israel. 

The fact that Airbnb has allowed itself to be manipulated and pressured into singling out Israel and joining a boycott of Israel’s towns and villages in the West Bank is regrettable.

H/T Alan Baker @ Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs