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Airbnb under fire for listing properties in occupied territories

Feb 29

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Sign the petition to stop Airbnb profiting from illegal settlements

Airbnb has become the subject of a campaign from SumOfUs over its listing of properties in Israeli settlements that violate international law and occupy Palestinian land illegally.


They are now asking people to email the company asking them to:

"Stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land and deemed illegal under international law."

This petition was started by CODEPINK, American Muslims for Palestine, US Palestinian Community Network, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace.

In a statement on the SumOfUs website:

"By listing these homes, Airbnb is directly helping Israeli settlers legitimize their occupation of stolen land, contributing to a key piece of the Israeli government's decades-long policies of occupation, discrimination, and dispossession.

Airbnb’s rental suites are literally built on the rubble of stolen homes, orchards and fields, and displaced communities and families. At least 48,000 Palestinian buildings have been demolished to build homes where only Jewish Israelis are allowed to live - and now dozens are listed on Airbnb."

According to research from the Guardian, properties in settlements such as Efrat, Ma’ale Rehavam and Tekoa are listed as being in Israel despite being built on settled land.


However Nic Papas of Airbnb said:

“We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business and investigate concerns raised about specific listings”.

Papas said, but he would not respond directly to questions regarding which laws and regulations it considers itself bound by. 


More on Airbnb: Simon Birch investigates the share economy.



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