Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activists Protest Airbnb's Listings in Israeli Settlements

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Activists Protest Airbnb's Listings in Israeli Settlements

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Two days after Chris Lehane, Airbnb's head of global policy, promoted the alleged financial benefits of the online booking website to attendees of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC, CODEPINK and Jewish Voice for Peace activists protested outside Airbnb's San Francisco headquarters on Jan. 22 to demand the company stop offering vacation rentals in illegal Israeli settlements. Properties in the Jewish-only settlements of Efrat, Ma'ale Rehavam, Tekoa and Ma'ale Adumim, illegally built on Palestinian land beyond the Green Line, are erroneously listed by Airbnb as being in Israel.

Chanting, "Airbnb, you can't hide, you are profiting from apartheid," many carried signs reading "No Airbnb on Stolen Land" and "Stop Listing Homes in Illegal Israeli Settlements #Stolen Homes."

In continued defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolution 446, which states: "The policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to rapidly expand the illegal settlements. …

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