Amnesty: Travel Websites ‘Profiting’ from Illegal Settlements

Digital tourism giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor are profiting from war crimes by offering services in illegal Jewish settlements, said a report published on Wednesday.

Amnesty International’s Destination: Occupation study called on the companies to stop listing tourist accommodation, activities, and attractions in settlements in the occupied territories.

Amnesty accused the firms of normalizing settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Under international law the Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are illegal.

Amnesty launched a campaign in 2017 calling on governments to prevent businesses based in their countries from operating in Jewish settlements.

In November 2018, Airbnb announced it would remove all listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.

The move was decried by Israel and praised by advocates of Palestinian rights when it was announced.

Amnesty, however, criticized the fact Airbnb did not extend that decision to East Jerusalem.

On Twitter, Israeli Cabinet Minister Gilad Erdan called the Amnesty statement an outrageous attempt to distort facts, deny Jewish heritage & delegitimize Israel.

Source: Palestine Chronicle