Who would have thought two years later that Airbnb would cave in to BDS.
Airbnb agreed to boycott West Bank settlements and announced plans Monday 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.
Israeli right-wing lawmakers immediately railed against the decision, urging settler homeowners to take legal action against Airbnb and threatening to limit the organization’s operations in Israel.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said her office was formulating a legal plan to block the move.
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.
As stated by the Simon Weisenthal Center, which has urged its 400,000 constituent members and Jews the world over to boycott Airbnb:
“This is double standard anti-Semitism pure and simple. Nowhere else on the planet has Airbnb stopped making its service available in disputed territories, except Judea and Samaria.”
True: Airbnb continues to list properties in “occupied” places all over the world, including Northern Cyprus, and the Western Sahara, yet sees fit to implement this policy only in Judea and Samaria, which are “disputed”, not “occupied.”
The inherent antisemitism in this measure can be illustrated better by an example: take two people who live in the Old City of Jerusalem: a Jew in the Jewish Quarter and an Arab in the Muslim Quarter. If both want to list their dwellings on Airbnb, only one of them would be allowed.
Time for a new logo.
Update: When you go to delete your airbnb account, this laughable message appears: