On Monday, November 19, 2018, AirBnB announced that it would “remove all listed homes for rent in the Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank.” In other words, Jewish homeowners in the West Bank should no longer be able to offer their homes for rent through the Internet platform. AirBnB’s explanation was that the West Bank is a «controversial region».
After the discrimination against Jews, I have used AirBnB for the last time, replied Conrad Myrland, general manager of MIFF. The very next day, he launched an international signature drive. Since then, the campaign has received more than 6,100 signatures.
MIFF could also tell that the grotesque discrimination had been pushed through through sponsorship of 365,000 Norwegian workers in the Trade Union of Norway. In recent years, the union has donated hundreds of thousands of kroner to the Israeli organization Who Profits. The organization has fought at the front to get AirBnB to withdraw from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan.
In the shadow of the Israeli Knesset election, it was announced on April 9 that Airbnb has changed its plans.
NTB announces that: “Airbnb has changed its plans to remove Airbnb rental housing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank from its website. The rental portal said on Tuesday that it would rather donate the profits from rental housing in the settlements of humanitarian organizations in the West Bank. The company points out that they will have the same approach to other disputed areas such as South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “
A number of lawyers have threatened AirBnB with lawsuits for their discrimination against Jews in the West Bank. Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) is one of the organizations that has been at the forefront.
– Airbnb has agreed to completely withdraw its plans to remove Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. It is an important and precedent-setting decision in the fight against the racist BDS movement, writes Shurat HaDin in a newsletter on April 9.
MIFF is proud to have made a small contribution to the pressure on AirBnB in this case.