Airbnb said that it had reversed its decision to remove listings of properties located in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
In November last year, the company said that it would eliminate about 200 listings in West Bank settlements that are “at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Airbnb’s announcement came after it settled four lawsuits filed against it in the United States and Israel. According to a statement from the company, Airbnb will allow listings throughout the entire West Bank but will donate all profits from its business in the region.
An Airbnb spokesman said the chosen humanitarian nonprofit organisations. Following the onslaught of anti-discrimination litigation, Airbnb had not yet followed through on removing the listings of properties in settlements. While the company intended to remove listings only in Israeli settlements, its new policy that it will not profit from business there applies to the entire West Bank.
In its statement, Airbnb disavowed the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, known as BDS, which Israeli politicians accused it of supporting after the announcement of the policy last year.