Travel/rental corporation Airbnb has decided to remove Israeli listers in the West Bank. The move effectively ruins rental properties in the region, and is a huge blow to the economy of the Israelis.
Airbnb agreed to boycott West Bank settlements and announced plans to remove settler listings from its popular website of temporary rentals in 191 countries.
“Another BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] win!” multiple pro-Palestinian groups jubilantly claimed on social media.
So Airbnb decided to choose terrorists over the only democratic state in the Middle East. Good to know.
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said he planned to speak with senior US officials to see if the move violated American laws against Israeli boycotts that exist in 25 out of 50 states.
“Anti-Israel boycott organizations do not distinguish between the State of Israel and Judea and Samaria. As far as they are concerned, and have openly declared, the entire State of Israel has no right to exist,” Erdan said.
The corporation is undoubtedly helmed by leftists, and as we all know, the only people leftists despise more than conservatives are the Jews.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the US MK Michael Oren said, “Airbnb blacklists Jewish apartments in Judea and Samaria – not Palestinian apartments, not apartments in Turkish occupied Cyprus, not in Moroccan occupied Sahara, not in Tibet or the Crimea.
“Airbnb’s policy is the very definition of antisemitism. No one should use its services,” Oren added.
Ambassador Oren is not wrong. The move is clearly designed to punish Israel; and while a private business can do what it likes, we as consumers can choose to not use Airbnb’s services.