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    UPDATE: Airbnb affirms it will boycott Jews in West Bank, after earlier suspension statement “released in error.”

    UPDATE: Airbnb affirms it will boycott Jews in West Bank, after earlier suspension statement “released in error.”

    Earlier released statement in Hebrew that “the policy will not be implemented,” now says “We are developing the tools needed to implement our policy.”

    https://www.facebook.com/airbnb/videos/302972220430074/

    UPDATE: After sending out a statement in Hebrew that it was suspending the boycott of Jews in the West Bank, Airbnb has announced that that statement was issued in error. It plans to go forward with the boycott after figuring out how best to implement it.

    The Free Beacon reports:

    Airbnb is denying widespread reports Monday it was suspending its recently announced policy to exclude Israeli settlement homes in the West Bank from its listings, creating confusion when it appeared to release contradictory statements in English and Hebrew about the matter.

    Multiple outlets reported earlier in the day on the company, an online marketplace for users to rent private homes around the world, had said the policy “will not be implemented.” However, it later called those reports inaccurate and said it was meeting with “a variety of stakeholders” to gain an “even deeper understanding that this is an incredibly complex and emotional issue.”

    A spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon the earlier statement was “released in error.” …

    Asked to clarify if that meant the policy of banning the Jewish settlement listings remained in place, spokesman Nick Papas repeated,”We are developing the tools needed to implement our policy.”

    EARLIER REPORTING

    According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Israeli news reports, Airbnb has suspended implementation of its decision, under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement, to delist homes in Jewish settlements in Judea & Samaria (the “West Bank”).

    The reversal comes after mounting public, legislative and legal pressures were brought to bear on Airbnb.

    For background, see these prior posts:

    The Jerusalem Post reports on the reversal:

    Airbnb’s decision to remove their listings in Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank will not be implemented, according to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism.

    After the meeting between Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Vice President of Airbnb Chris Lahan, Levin said that he will continue to act in coordination with Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely to ensure that all Israeli citizens receive equal treatment.

    Haaretz adds:

    Airbnb announced Monday that it has suspended the implementation of its prior decision to remove listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, after sending a senior delegation to Israel to negotiate with Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

    “Our policy will not be implemented,” Airbnb said in a statement following the meeting in Jerusalem between Levin and the company’s delegation, led by Airbnb Vice President Chris Lehane. “The company will continue its dialogue with the Israeli government.”

    Is it a complete reversal? Or just a pause? Airbnb reportedly is saying it’s just a pause:

    https://twitter.com/OmarSShakir/status/1074739902846251014

    Airbnb has created confusion:

    The Israel haters are upset

    (This post has been updated multiple times, including the title)

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    NotCoach | December 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Too little, too late?

    It amazes me that any business thinks that SJW nonsense is good for the bottom line. It seems to me that a lot of these top executives are out of touch with reality.

    This thing is a pain in the ass anyway. It has turned several, what should be single family houses, in this residential neighborhood into motels.


     
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    RedEchos | December 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Oy vey…


     
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    broomhandle | December 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I hope one of the side effects is a huge increase in renting of these homes leading to more/better development of these areas.


     
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    AlecRawls | December 18, 2018 at 1:39 am

    “Airbnb for everyone,” but mostly for Jew-hating Nazis.

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