WHO PROFITS FROM ISRAEL’S ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS?

 

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Airbnb told to cease profiting from Israel’s war crimes

Airbnb, the popular travel website, is the target of a new campaign against its listings of accommodation in the settlements built by Israel in the occupied West Bank.

Five organizations launched a campaign called Stolen Homes on Wednesday calling on Airbnb “to immediately stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements, all of which were built on stolen Palestinian land and deemed illegal under international law.”

A petition notes that “through earning fees from settlement vacation rentals, Airbnb is directly profiting from the continuing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians.”

The petition is supported by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, American Muslims for Palestine,Jewish Voice for Peace, the US Palestinian Community Network and Codepink.

Earlier this month, +972 Magazine reported that not only does Airbnb list accommodation in Israeli settlements, but that without exception the listings do no mention that they are located on occupied land.

Settlement profiteering

The issue has since been covered in the Israeli and international media.

The California-based Airbnb has declined to comment, apart from releasing a short statement which read: “We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business and investigate concerns raised about specific listings.”

The Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) has denounced Airbnb. Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BNC, said recently that “Airbnb can and should immediately exclude all Israeli settlements from its offerings as a significant first step towards complying with its human rights obligations under international law.”

Also this week, Human Rights Watch released a report calling on international businesses to cease all cooperation with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Airbnb earns a 3 percent fee from its hosts and a further fee — usually 6-12 percent — from guests. So the company profits every time someone makes a reservation using its settlement listings.

Human Rights Watch this week argued that companies cannot mitigate their contribution to Israel’s human rights violations so long as they operate in settlements. It stated that companies must cease working with the settlements in order to honor their human rights obligations.

Sensitive to bad publicity?

As it promotes the concept of “community-driven hospitality,” Airbnb may be sensitive to publicity that harms the company’s reputation.

The company depicts itself as environmentally friendly and has claimed to care about people in need bylaunching a “disaster response initiative.”

The wider campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions has persuaded a number of firms to cease their activities in Israel and the occupied West Bank lately.

As Barghouti told Al Jazeera, “much larger corporations — of the caliber of Orange, Veolia and CRH — have been eventually compelled by BDS campaigning to end their complicity in Israel’s human rights violations after losing massive contracts.”

Airbnb is likely to come under a great deal of pressure until it ceases trying to profit from Israel’s illegal activities.

*Ryan Rodrick Beiler is a freelance photojournalist and member of the ActiveStills collective who lives in Oslo, Norway.

The Stolen Homes campaign is calling on Airbnb to stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler /ActiveStills)

The Stolen Homes campaign is calling on Airbnb to stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler /ActiveStills)

5 Comments

  1. joekano76 said,

    January 29, 2016 at 23:22

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

  2. Occam's Razor said,

    January 30, 2016 at 00:23

    …Israel, an utterly despicable tribe of self-aggrandizing genocidal maniacs.

    How would the US government feel and react if…Russia stated everybody in the US must leave their homes and belongings and go live in a ghetto to accommodate Russian Christians? War.

    What has been done to Palestine is nothing less than Hitlerian like Nazi genocide.

  3. January 31, 2016 at 02:33

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  4. R Davis said,

    January 31, 2016 at 04:51

    NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD GO TO ISRAEL
    NO ONE
    EXCEPT A NUT JOB
    LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDREA PESCI
    THE POOR FOOL NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE AIRPORT
    AND
    IS INDEED
    HE IS LUCK TO HAVE BEEN LET TO GO BACK TO ITALY
    google AND READ HIS STORY
    ANDREA PESCI COULD HAVE VANISHED
    AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE OFFICIAL STORY OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMNET THAT WOULD HAVE TOLD
    THE OFFICIAL STORY OF HOW IT WAS WITH HIM.

  5. R Davis said,

    January 31, 2016 at 04:54

    I NOTICED THAT MY COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE OF ANDREA PESCI’S TRIALS AT BEN GURIAN AIRPORT WERE
    PULLED FROM THE COMMENT SECTION
    IS IT BECAUSE THEY WERE BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND IN FLUENT ITALIAN ?


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