Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to support our work—that time is now.

Our mission is simple: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.

But without the support of our readers, this model does not work and we simply won’t survive. It’s that simple.
We must meet our Mid-Year Campaign goal but we need you now.

Please, support independent journalism today.

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

A young woman holds a sign urging Airbnb to stop listing homes in occupied Palestinian land.

A young woman holds a sign urging Airbnb to stop listing homes in occupied Palestinian land. (Screengrab from Jewish Voice for Peace campaign video "Palestinians to Airbnb: 'We Can't Live There. So Don't Go There'")

'Reprehensible and Cowardly': In Reversal, Airbnb Announces It Will Not Remove Listings of Illegal West Bank Settlements

"It's stolen land from Palestinians, plain and simple."

Andrea Germanos

Amnesty International was among the groups accusing A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌ of enabling human rights violations on Wednesday after the company reversed its decision to ban listings of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Back in November the San Francisco-based company announced that it would no longer offer some 200 listings of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, viewing settlements as "at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians."

The removal followed pressure from the Stolen Homes coalition to drop the listings and triggered lawsuits by some Jewish Americans and Israeli settlers

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌'s u-turn was announced in statement Tuesday, which says that the company "has always opposed the BDS movement." The change of stance, the company said, was to bring an end to the lawsuits.

"Under the settlement terms, Airbnb will not move forward with implementing the removal of listings in the West Bank from the platform," the company said.

That decision, said Amnesty International's business and human rights researcher Mark Dummett, is "a reprehensible and cowardly move that will be another devastating blow for the human rights of Palestinians."

The company attempted to whitewash the move by saying that it would donate profits from the illegal settlement rentals to charities. But Dummett charged that doing so "fails to change the fact that by continuing to drive tourism to illegal settlements they are helping to boost the settlement economy." As a result, the company is "directly contributing to the maintenance and expansion of illegal settlements, a breach of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime under Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court."

"Airbnb had a clear opportunity to make the right decision to uphold human rights and use their influence to set a precedent in the tourism industry," he added. "Instead, they have chosen to bury their heads in the sand."

Jewish Voice for Peace greeted the company's announcement with similar outrage—and said Airbnb should expect a renewed wave of public pressure.

"The reneging on a commitment to delist from the settlements is a betrayal of all the human rights organizations and activists who cheered Airbnb's November 2018 decision," said Granate Kim, communications director at Jewish Voice for Peace. "If Airbnb wants to continue to allow rental suites on the ruins of Palestinian lives and land then they will continue to get pressured to do the right thing."

"There's no 'two sides' of a so-called conflict in the settlements," she said. "It's stolen land from Palestinians, plain and simple."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

"I'm sure this will be all over the corporate media, right?"
That’s what one longtime Common Dreams reader said yesterday after the newsroom reported on new research showing how corporate price gouging surged to a nearly 70-year high in 2021. While major broadcasters, newspapers, and other outlets continue to carry water for their corporate advertisers when they report on issues like inflation, economic inequality, and the climate emergency, our independence empowers us to provide you stories and perspectives that powerful interests don’t want you to have. But this independence is only possible because of support from readers like you. You make the difference. If our support dries up, so will we. Our crucial Mid-Year Campaign is now underway and we are in emergency mode to make sure we raise the necessary funds so that every day we can bring you the stories that corporate, for-profit outlets ignore and neglect. Please, if you can, support Common Dreams today.

 

'We Need Action': Biden, Democrats Urged to Protect Abortion Access in Post-Roe US

"The Supreme Court doesn't get the final say on abortion," Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith wrote in a new op-ed.

Kenny Stancil ·


Motorist 'Tried to Murder' Abortion Rights Advocates at Iowa Protest, Witnesses Say

Although one witness said the driver went "out of his way" to hit pro-choice protestors in the street, Cedar Rapids police declined to make an arrest.

Kenny Stancil ·


'A Hate Crime': Oslo Pride Parade Canceled After Deadly Shooting at Gay Bar

A 42-year-old gunman has been charged with terrorism following what Norway's prime minister called a "terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people."

Kenny Stancil ·


'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·


80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·

Common Dreams Logo