Off Topic:  Airbnb Facing Lawsuit in the U.S. Over Israeli Settlements Ban 

Source: Airbnb Facing Lawsuit in the U.S. Over Israeli Settlements Ban – CTech

A group of 18 Americans has filed a lawsuit in Delaware against Airbnb following the company’s announcement that it will be removing listing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Adi Pick15:2729.11.18

A group of 18 Americans has filed a lawsuit in Delaware against Airbnb, following the company’s announcement that it will be removing listing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank from its service. More than 25 states have enacted legislation against boycotting Israel.

Airbnb’s announcement of the planned removal of settlement listings came a day before the New York-based nonprofit organization Human Rights Watch was set to publish a report outlining the company’s activities in the West Bank. The report lists 139 properties in Israeli settlements in the West Bank listed on Airbnb’s service.

Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky. Photo: Bloomberg
Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky. Photo: Bloomberg

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat praised the company’s decision.

Israeli officials have since criticized the company, and several Israeli ministries are involved in efforts to try and overturn it.

Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan stated that he will act “in all possible ways to cancel the decision discriminating against citizens in the State of Israel”. On Wednesday, Erdan sent letters to five governors in the United States, asking them to look into possible sanctions that can be taken against the company, according to a statement sent to Calcalist Wednesday.

 

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