Pressure mounts on Airbnb over boycott of ‘West Bank’ Jews, calling into question planned 2019 IPO

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 12/13/2018 | William A. Jacobson
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When Airbnb announced in mid-November 2018 that it would delist Jewish homes in Judea & Samaria (the “West Bank”), the move met with cheers from anti-Israel activists, who had worked for years to pressure Airbnb.

The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (fka U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) is an umbrella group for numerous anti-Israel activists and groups supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. USCPR is one of the most extreme anti-Israel groups, as we have documented numerous times.

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USCPR described the pressure campaign on Airbnb in a recent posting:

In the case of Airbnb, USCPR supporters, members of our coalition, and national partners worked for more than two years to design and implement the campaign that ultimately led Airbnb to announce the pull out….

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Back in 2016, news broke that Airbnb was listing properties in illegal, Jewish-only settlements and actively allowing discrimination against Palestinians. Appalled at this news, several groups around the US spoke out.

USCPR took the lead in convening these groups, mobilizing days of actions in cities across the country, coordinating strategy sessions, and delivering petitions—signed by all of you—to key Airbnb investors like Fidelity Investments. After two years of sustained pressure, this leadership and the efforts of the StolenHomes Coalition finally paid off when Airbnb announced its decision to pull out of illegal settlements.

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While the boycott of Jews met with cheers from the far left, it met widespread condemnation. You can read about some of the reaction in these posts:

Airbnb is being challenged by an Israeli startup hosting website created after Airbnb’s announcement, as The Times of Israel report:

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The announcement by vacation rental operator Airbnb last month that it would no longer host listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank has galvanized two US-born men into setting up an alternative service, called OlehStay, that welcomes “any listing,...
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