Less than 48 hours ago I wrote and launched a petition urging Airbnb to restore Judea and Samaria Jewish Listings on its site. Just through my circle of friends on Facebook, the petition has already surged past 3,000 signatures, but I know we can do better.
I am encouraging the readers of Times of Israel to join me in expressing outrage over this blatantly discriminatory policy, which smacks of anti-Semitism.
Greg Greeley, President of Homes
Belinda Johnson, Chief Operating Officer
Brian Chesky, CEO
We are in shock over Airbnb’s decision to ban only Jewish owned listings from the disputed regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank.) Meanwhile, the company has not removed the Arab-owned listings from the same areas, thus deepening the injustice and revealing a blatantly discriminatory policy.
On Airbnb’s webpage titled “Diversity at Airbnb“, Brian Chesky CEO, Co-founder of Airbnb writes: “At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. I sincerely believe that [discrimination] is the greatest challenge we face as a company. It cuts to the core of who we are and the values that we stand for.”
As you may know, the regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are home to over 750,000 Jewish people spread out in 200 communities, including those located in the east side of Jerusalem, Israel’s Eternal Capital City.
We hope that Airbnb will leave politics in the hands of the politicians and continue to allow the law-abiding Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria region to take part in the wonderful project that is Airbnb.
Please hold your own words true by fighting discrimination wherever it may be found and continue to believe that “every community is a place where you can belong.”