Amnesty urges online travel sites to ban Israel settlement listings

Vastavam web: Amnesty International on Wednesday urged online travel sites to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The London-based rights group’s report, titled “Destination: Occupation,” said rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are driving tourism to settlements that most of the world considers illegal. Airbnb announced last November that it would remove West Bank settlement listings but has yet to implement its decision.

The company says it is working to identify the “precise boundaries” of areas subject to the policy. On Twitter, Israeli Cabinet Minister Gilad Erdan called the Amnesty statement “an outrageous attempt to distort facts, deny Jewish heritage & delegitimize Israel.” The World Jewish Congress said it was disheartened by Amnesty’s report and called on it to shift its focus back to human rights. “Amnesty International is a serious and respected human rights organisation, whose work to stop abuses around the world should never be underrated, but its singular focus on corporate entities doing business in Israeli settlements is gravely misguided,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.