Airbnb Caught in Confused PR Debacle Over Whether Or Not it Will Allow Listings for Homes in Israeli West Bank Settlements

This illustration picture taken in Paris on August 29, 2018, shows  a toy umbella and houses next to the logo of  rental website Airbnb. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
This illustration picture taken in Paris on August 29, 2018, shows a toy umbella and houses next to the logo of rental website Airbnb. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

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.”

“The reports issued earlier today are inaccurate. Airbnb expressed its unequivocal rejection of the BDS movement and communicated its commitment to develop its business in Israel, enabling more tourists from around the world to enjoy the wonders of the country and its people,” Airbnb said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We are here to meet with a variety of stakeholders and as a result of our meetings have an even deeper understanding that this is an incredibly complex and emotional issue. Airbnb communicated that we are developing the tools needed to implement our policy and that process includes continuing our dialogue with the Government of Israel and other stakeholders.”

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.”

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SOURCE: David Rutz
Washington Free Beacon