Conflicting information on the Airbnb offer of accommodation in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank have taken care of on Monday for confusion. Israel’s tourism Minister Jariv Levin said, Online overnight stock exchange have informed, the decision to take the properties from the offer, will not be implemented. This, according to Levin as “an important step in the right direction”.

Airbnb is not informed, however, that such reports were not correct. “We are developing the tools we need to our policy,” it said in a company statement. You will continue the dialogue with the Israeli government.

How it came to the confusing information? A Ministry spokesperson, according to Levin’s statement referred to a Statement by Yuval Lidor, an Airbnb representative in Israel. This was explained according to the newspaper “The Times of Israel,” in fact, the settlement boycott “would not be implemented in practice”.

“by mistake

But then he was rowed back and have asked the newspaper to quote from the official press statement from Airbnb. The speech was not of a u-turn. Lidors Statement in the name of the company had been sent “inadvertently,” said later, Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas.

In the English-language press release says: Airbnb is traveled to Israel to meet with all the stakeholders. The exchange had led, according to the daily newspaper “Haaretz” to a “deeper understanding that this is an incredibly complex and emotional topic”.

Airbnb had declared in November, to take the properties from the offer. The settlements were “in the center of the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Many in the international community have stressed that companies should not be here, because you are convinced that you should not make any gains in areas from which people have been displaced.” The decision affects approximately 200 properties.

The Palestinian leadership welcomed the decision. Israel described it as “discriminatory”. In both Israel and in the United States Affected discrimination lawsuit against Airbnb filed.

What is in dispute between Israelis and Palestinians

Israel has during the six-day war in 1967, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, land captured. The Palestinians demanded the territories for their own state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Many countries keep the Jewish settlements in the occupied by Israel since 1967 territories to be illegal. They are a particularly contentious part of the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, since 2014, on the ice. An Israeli Minister had called for a Boycott of Airbnb.

Almost 600,000 Israelis live in more than 200 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The UN security Council had demanded of 2016, a full settlement freeze from Israel. Settlements were referred to as a violation of international law and as a large obstacle to peace in the middle East.


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