Illinois Investment Board Considering Airbnb Anti-Israel Review

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaking last month about Airbnb’s decision barring lodging listings in Yehudah and Shomron. (AP Photo by John O’Connor)

The Illinois Investment Policy Board is scheduled to meet for the first time since Gov. Bruce Rauner called for an investigation into Airbnb’s lodging-listings policy toward Yehudah and Shomron.

The policy board meets Wednesday in Chicago. The Republican governor requested the Airbnb review last month because the online private-lodging marketplace de-listed 200 participating properties in Israeli communities in the region.

The board ensures public money is not invested in companies doing business with Iran, Sudan or firms that boycott Israel. Illinois in 2015 banned investment in companies boycotting Israel over its occupation of east Yerushalayim or Yehudah and Shomron.

Airbnb says its action was based on a practice it has established for disputed land worldwide. Critics argue that no such practice exists, and the company has blatantly discriminated against Israel due to pressure from pro-Palestinian groups.