Airbnb: Say No to Stolen Homes
Posted by uscsjp on January 23, 2016
For people around the world, Airbnb (a website for people to rent and find lodging) has been a revolutionary new way to travel in an affordable way that provides a unique experience in whatever country you are visiting. But did you know that Airbnb is listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank?
There are a whopping 13,000 Airbnb listings in the small country of Israel, but it turns out that many of the properties are actually located in settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
Listing vacation rentals in illegal settlements promotes segregation, theft of Palestinian land, and violation of international law. Through earning fees from settlement vacation rentals, Airbnb is directly profiting from the continuing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians. Just recently, Human Rights Watch released an important new study calling on companies to stop doing business with the settlements, and Airbnb should listen!
Toward a just and more peaceful world,