Judea and Samaria
Airbnb Customer Experience
Alexandra A, Nov 27, 08:28 PST:
Dear Miss Cohen,
We know that this is a controversial issue and we thank you for reaching out. There are many strong views here and we respect all of them. We did not make this decision lightly.
We are most certainly not the experts when it comes to the historical disputes in this region. We have wrestled with this issue and we have struggled to come up with the right approach.
We must consider the impact we have as a global platform and we believe we have a responsibility to act accordingly. In order to help us do that, we developed a framework for evaluating how we should treat listings in occupied territories across the world.
Based on that framework and taking a case by case approach we concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.
We hope that someday sooner rather than later the entire global community will be aligned but at the moment this is an aspirational hope. We continue to hope for peace and a way forward.
Please refer to our press release for more information:
Israel is not “occupying” Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”. ) According to International Law, Israel has the right to continue building in Judea and Samaria because there are no established borders at this time. Airbnb’s division is based on falsehoods fed to you by BDS, Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement against Israel.
Read this and learn the law:
Israeli Settlements and International Law
Airbnb is being racist because it has only excluded listings for Jews but not for Arabs. The implication is that Arabs live in Judea and Samaria as of right and that Jews live there illegally, which is false.
Israel’s Right to Judea and Samaria: Grounded in International Law
Ambassador Alan Baker: Israel has the Historic Right to Build in Samaria and Judea and a Strategic Legitimacy in its Role of the Defense of Israel
Since you seem to not know enough about this region, airbnb ought to have consulted ISRAELI experts instead of only anti-Israel groups.
Does airbnb have such exclusions in Western Sahara, Northern Cyprus, or Tibet? If airbnb chooses to single out Jews only in Judea and Samaria, then the only conclusion is that airbnb is racist.