Airbnb: Stolen Homes
Since January, the Stolen Homes campaign has been pressuring Airbnb to comply with international law by removing its listings within illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. FOSNA and our allies have received over 150,000 signatures asking Airbnb to stop making a profit off the displacement of Palestinians. Airbnb is yet to comply.
HOW IS AIRBNB PROFITING FROM ISRAEL’S MILITARY OCCUPATION OF PALESTINIAN LAND?
There are 13,000 Airbnb listings in Israel, though investigations have revealed that many of the properties are in fact actually located in settlements in the West Bank. In 2014, the company’s rentals were used by 128,000 guests. By allowing users to list and rent properties that are located in illegal settlements and taking a 9 to 15 percent profit from hosts and guests, Airbnb is making money off Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land and helping facilitate settlement activity.
Over the first half of 2015, the number of new settlement units completed in the occupied West Bank increased 54.8 percent over the same period in 2014. As long as companies are willing to overlook Israel’s violations of international law and do business as usual, Israel will be able to continue acting with impunity.
Go to stolenhomes.org to find out more about what FOSNA and its partners are doing.
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