Airbnb Drops Discriminatory Policy Against Yehudah and Shomron

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David Davidson, owner of Khan Eretz Ha’Mirdafim resort, walks through the camp, near Alon, in Yehudah and Shomron. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

In a victory for the campaign to counter the BDS boycotts of Israel, Airbnb announced on Monday that it would not delist properties in Yehudah and Shomron.

The online rental marketplace said last month that it was dropping sites in Yehudah and Shomron from its listings, about 200 homes in all. The decision was met with protest from the Israeli government and a lawsuit initiated by a resident of the region on grounds of discrimination.

Monday’s announcement followed a meeting between officials from Airbnb and Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

The Tourism Ministry called the decision “a step in the right direction,” apparently a reference to the fact that the initial discriminatory decision was not officially reversed but will merely not be implemented, Arutz Sheva reported.

Critics accused Airbnb of discrimination against Jews by continuing to list properties in Yehudah and Shomron that are not owned by Jews and has not delisted any properties in any other conflict zone, including Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Russian-occupied Crimea, or Chinese occupied Tibet, among others.