Airbnb’s Listings in Disputed Territories: A Tortured Compromise

Airbnb has recently found itself enmeshed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, facing litigation in U.S. and Israeli courts, public criticism from activists across the political spectrum, and, ironically, boycotts by governments intending to deter boycotts of Israel. With millions of rentals worldwide, Airbnb has extended its business into disputed and occupied territories. Last November, it announced that it planned to remove some listings in such territories. But under the terms of two recent court settlements, Airbnb will continue to offer rentals in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. That reversal reflects a tortured compromise that raises potentially novel questions within the humanitarian and human rights communities.


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