Airbnb Removes West Bank Listings

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WHEN Airbnb announced its decision to remove listings in Israeli settlements in what they called “the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” the Israeli government responded strongly. Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan called on supporters of Israel to engage in a reverse boycott and “cease using Airbnb and turn to other services," adding that “Booking.com is a great service.” Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said that Israel would slap high taxes on Airbnb, arguing that “If you have a policy ...

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