Airbnb is a world famous online marketplace for renting your home out to travelers. Back in November 2018, the company decided to remove rental listings from homes in Israeli settlements located in the West Bank. They released a statement backing their decision by saying the rentals were located “at the heart of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians”
At the time Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who heads the government’s response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement blasted the decision, by calling its founders racist and Anti-Semitic.
Needless to say, the BDS movement was ecstatic.
They are not so happy anymore as Airbnb has reversed their decision by relisting the nearly 200 Israeli homes that are located in the West Bank.
The decision comes as part of a settlement with lawsuits brought by Israeli and US courts.
“Airbnb is announcing that we have settled all lawsuits that were brought by hosts and potential hosts and guests who objected to a policy the company recently announced concerning listings in disputed areas ” the rental company stated.
“Under the settlement terms, Airbnb will not move forward with implementing the removal of listings in the West Bank from the platform”.
“Airbnb has always opposed the BDS movement. Airbnb has never boycotted Israel, Israeli businesses, or the more than 20,000 Israeli hosts who are active on the Airbnb platform. We have always sought to bring people together and will continue to work with our community to achieve this goal.” the company insists.
While the company will continue to accept rental offers in Judea and Samaria, it has indicated that it will draw no profit from the listings in the area. Instead, the money will be donated to non-profit humanitarian organizations that operate in different parts of the world.